Sterling Township

Empowering Youth

The   40   Developmental   Assets®    frame   work became     part     of     the     Sterling     Township Youth   Services   program   in   2004   when   then Director    of    Youth    Services,    Matt    Howze, attended   a   workshop   on   behalf   of   Sterling Schools.    During    the    workshop    the    frame work    of    the    developmental    assets    were discussed,   which   consist   of   the   20   Internal and   20   External   Assets   young   people   need to    grow    healthy    and    develop    resistance skills   needed   to   become   thriving   members of their community, and society as a whole. As   part   of   the   continuing   education   for   the 40       Developmental       Assets® ,       Sterling Township    Supervisor    and    the    Director    of Community   Services   went   to   a   workshop held   in   Cincinnati,   Ohio   2009.      In   the   spring of   2009,   Sterling   Township   in   partnership with   Sterling   Public   Schools,   Rock   Falls   High School,       and       Newman       High       School conducted    a    community    event    based    on the   40   Developmental   Asset   ®   framework of    Search-Institute.    The    event    featured    a Senior    Trainer    from    the    Search-Institute, Jim Conway.
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Center for Youth

During    the    workshop    a    group    of young   people   asked   why   there   were so    many    churches,    and    bars,    and why   is   there   no   place   for   youth?   The responses         were         varied         and discussion   ensued   as   to   the   types   of organizations,   mostly   sports   related, that     were     offered     to     youth.     The youth    were    dissatisfied    with    these examples   as   places   where   they   were to   become   better   equipped   to   thrive in   their   community   and   requested   that   consideration   be   given   to   a   place   specifically   intended   for them.  This   is   when   Sterling   Township   reevaluated   its   youth   services   program.   The   new   concept   would establish   a   youth   council   whose   purpose   was   to   build   a   center   for   youth   and   provide   the   much needed   support   to   high   school   age   adolescents.   The   concept   and   motto   was   to   have   the   youth organize and direct the building of a Center that is built by them for them. Young   people   formed   an   organization   to   empower   their   efforts,   Giving   Power   to   Adolescents (GPA).   The   group   created   a   mission   and   vision   statement   to   guide   their   efforts,   in   addition,   they made   plans   to   design   ways   to   over-come   issues   related   to   the   establishment   of   a   center.   The   new goal   of   our   community   services   program   is   to   empower   young   people   to   use,   develop,   design,   and create   places   where   they   thrive   as   citizens,   neighbors,   and   affect   change   in   their   community. Sterling   Townships   mission   of   being   Responsible,   Responsive   and   Effective;   with   a   commitment   to do it best, provides the foundation to ensure success. In   October   of   2010   GPA   entered   into   a   lease   agreement   with   Verifactsat   204   E   1st   Street   in   Sterling.     The   leased   space   at   Verifacts   gave   them   a   place   to   call   “home”      and   they   then   began   a   Center   for Youth.      They   remained   at   the   Verifacts   site   until   October   of   2011.      In   October   of   2011   GPA   entered into   a   rental   agreement   with   the   Abiding   Word   Church   and   they   moved   to   312   E   4th   Street   in Sterling   where   they   continued   the   development   of   the   Center   for   Youth.      In   November   of   2012   the Sterling   Township   purchased   the   Abiding   Word   Church   building   for   Town   Hall   purpose   and   GPA now claims 312 E 4th Street as the permanent residence for the Center for Youth. Using   a   public   meeting   format   for   conducting   GPA   meetings,   young   people   are   learning,   through principles    of    innovation,    how    to    accomplish    their    desires,    conduct    comprehensive    planning, develop    purpose,    vision,    and    accomplish    their    mission.        The    initiative    combines    two    counties Whiteside    and    Lee.    Youth    from    each    of    these    communities    participate    in    fundraising    events designed   to   support   their   center   when   it   is   complete.   The   goal   of   GPA,   over   the   next   5   years,   to raise   50,000   dollars   to   offset   cost   associated   with   operating   the   facility.      GPA   meetings   are   held   on Monday    evenings    starting    at    6:15    pm.    Meetings    last    approximately    1    ½    hours.    Training    is conducted   by   the   Supervisor   of   Sterling   Township.   During   the   meeting   the   mission   and   vision   are read,   old   business   is   discussed,   new   business,   guest   are   given   time   to   address   the   group,   reports are given by committee chairs, schedules and dates for up-coming events are set. Sterling   Township   staff   is   present   at   every   event   and   meeting.   The   director   of   community   services helps   make   needed   connections   with   the   community.   The   executive   financial   officer   ensures   all monies   are   properly   deposited   and   recorded.   Others   staff   members   of   Sterling   Township   aid   when called upon.
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Director of Youth Services

Raven Valdivia

815.716.8665 ext 106

youthservices@sterlingtownship.com

Youth Administrator

Laurie Free

815.716.8665 ext 101

townadmin@sterlingtownship.com

Empowering Youth

The     40     Developmental     Assets®      frame     work became    part    of    the    Sterling    Township    Youth Services   program   in   2004   when   then   Director   of Youth   Services,   Matt   Howze,   attended   a   workshop on     behalf     of     Sterling     Schools.     During     the workshop   the   frame   work   of   the   developmental assets    were    discussed,    which    consist    of    the    20 Internal    and    20    External    Assets    young    people need   to   grow   healthy   and   develop   resistance   skills needed    to    become    thriving    members    of    their community, and society as a whole. As    part    of    the    continuing    education    for    the    40 Developmental       Assets® ,       Sterling       Township Supervisor     and     the     Director     of     Community Services   went   to   a   workshop   held   in   Cincinnati, Ohio    2009.        In    the    spring    of    2009,    Sterling Township     in     partnership     with     Sterling     Public Schools,    Rock    Falls    High    School,    and    Newman High   School   conducted   a   community   event   based on   the   40   Developmental   Asset   ®   framework   of Search-Institute.    The    event    featured    a    Senior Trainer from the Search-Institute, Jim Conway.
© Sterling Township 2015
Sterling Township