Informational Resources

Tim Elmore/Growing Leaders — Growing Leaders is a nonprofit organization focused on youth leadership development. Through relevant and innovative events and resources, we equip the next generation and the parents, teachers, coaches and mentors who shape their lives.

Search Institute — Search Institute studies and works to strengthen the developmental relationships that help young people acquire the 40 Developmental Assets that are reinforced by developmental communities where young people's success is everyone's top priority.

Indiana Youth Institute — The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well being.

Bolster Collaborative — Bolster Collaborative, a division of Vision Training Associates Inc., provides the most current, practical resources to professionals, volunteers and parents who serve the positive development of young people.

Child Development Institute — The mission of Child Development Institute is to become the “go-to” site for parents for information, products and services related to child development, psychology, health, parenting, learning, media, entertainment and family activities, as well as to connect with other parents, professional experts organizations and other useful websites.

Dekko Resources — The Dekko Foundation has the mission of fostering economic freedom through education. Each investment made by Dekko is designed to help young people gain skills, knowledge and character that will prepare them for a life that offers the maximum opportunity for personal independence and choice.

Adolescent Health — During the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents establish patterns of behavior and make lifestyle choices that affect both their current and future health. Serious health and safety issues such as motor vehicle crashes, violence, substance use and risky sexual behaviors can adversely affect adolescents and young adults. Environmental factors such as family, peer group, school and community characteristics also contribute to adolescents' health and risk behaviors.

Building Assets in Day Camps — While you may not think one day is enough time to have a lasting affect on a child's life, data has shown that day camp experiences are very beneficial.

Youth Development: A Tradition in Iowa Fairs — Throughout the summer months, there are several opportunities to experience a local fair. These fairs are a chance for youth, as well as adults, to have a unique learning experience.

Building Assets in Schools: It Takes You! — Adults that work in schools play a role in the lives of the children they work with. School leaders can make a huge difference in the child's engagement in schools through developmental assets.

Sports and Assets: A Winning Combination — Coaches can teach young people not only the rules and strategy of games, but important lessons about life as well. To do this, there needs to be a focus not only on the sport and skill, but on the athlete as a whole person.

Be Bold with Assets in the Arts — Athletics is not the only place that you can build assets. Fine arts is an excellent way to build assets in young people. An AmeriCorps member shares her experience in building assets through art.

Connecting Assets to Service — Service projects in your community are a perfect way to build assets in youth. The Volunteer Center of Southern Iowa Director shares a personal story of building assets during a service project.

Middle Childhood — Children ages six through 12 have a lot of puzzling challenges. But when you put together the pieces of the 40 Developmental Assets and the Developmental Ages and Stages, the picture can become clear. The first in a three-part series.

Early Adolescents — Between the ages of 13 and 15, youth experience many changes, physically, mentally and emotionally.  All these changes can seem overwhelming but, when taken one step at a time, will lead to a strong foundation to adulthood. The second of a three-part series.

Adolescents — Just when you thought the changes had stopped, youth ages 15-18 experience one of the biggest changes they will face; becoming an adult. Here are some ways to make that transition easier. The third in a three-part series.

Staying Connected — Staying connected with the youth you work with is very important, especially over long breaks like summer. This provides information on how to stay connected and start meaningful conversations with your youth.

Youth and Poverty — Working with youth who are living in poverty requires us to change our approach in order to better serve them and their families.