Asset Assessments and Youth


in Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199735846
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315864 | DOI:
Asset Assessments and Youth

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Why do youth need to be identified in community asset assessments? Although youth can help map all aspects of community capital, they are particularly adept at assessing youth-related assets and bring a unique set of talents and expectations to this form of research. In addition, they live in and are part of community daily life and must, as residents, have a place in community asset assessments. Youth represent a vital asset sector of communities, but their perspectives, however, rarely get tapped, and even more rarely are they asked to play a significant role in obtaining the systematic viewpoint of their peers. It could be argued that no society or community should disempower its youth. However, marginalized communities never have the “luxury” of writing off a significant sector of their residents. Youth are assets in all communities and nations. Any nation that neglects its youth is a nation with a very limited future.

Keywords: youth-led; youth-involved; communities; asset assessments

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