11/2012

Unlocking Your Community’s Hidden Strengths: A Guidebook to Community Asset-Mapping

Governments and state agencies tend to look upon the residents of low-income neighborhoods as
resource consumers, as people for whom the agencies must provide -- and not as people who can contribute something to their neighbors. Community asset-mapping flips the traditional perspective on its head. Instead of resource consumers, residents are seen as potential resource producers. A retiree becomes a mentor or tutor. A mechanic teaches children how to tune cars. And an artist offers a wealth of knowledge, energy, and passion to any child who expresses interest.

Understanding and appreciating the assets communities have to offer is only the first step toward building positive community-based programs for children. This guidebook helps you put the principles of community asset-mapping into action.