CharacterAssets -    Youth Leadership - Service Learning
 
 
CharacterAssets© unique signature format is an Occupational Therapy-Activity Driven learning approach that inspires an ongoing interest in participation in the program process through  therapeutic skill building activities that focus on topics/themes that reflect the youth's individual daily life demands, and personal life challenges. 

The program incorporates both group and individual dynamics of performance skill development, and focuses on fostering a self help reliance for a long range outcome benefit in each child's individual ability to succeed in managing their everyday life demands, and in setting goals for life experience achievements.  

The program format can be easily adapted to fit the setting, time frame, program objectives, and diversity of youth population.  An outline of each program model will be formatted to follow a sequence in skill building that will include three main phases of the program process. Education,Project Development, and Project Implementation

Activity Sessions will focus on acquiring and building upon  fundamental performance areas to ensure an outcome of measurable success in overall Character Development - Life SkillsManagement- Service Learning Achievement. Outline of performance areas include: 

-Character Building: The youth will become familiar with the basic character tenets and their importance in modeling character leadership as a personal reflection of self esteem insight, and how fellow peers and adults view the merit of their individual character and choices in acting out in positive and character behaviors can  influence the course of their life path, throughout the stages of their life .IE. personal /school/family/ work interpersonal relationships.  
- Life Skills Education:  identifying healthy relationship characteristics, creative expression, communication skills, time/stress/anger management strategies, group dynamics of interaction, leadership skills, mental health/nutrition/ physical wellness awareness, task organization, personal goal setting, positive risk taking, project planning, social problem solving/decision making, peer leadership, peer pressure, and self-reflection are demonstrated and explored with the youth engaging in activities that reflect age related life scenarios. 
-Self-esteem building is an inherent element integrated throughout the program process as a self- reinforcing mechanism of the merit of demonstrating good character and maintaining an innate sense of unconditional personal worth.

The culmination of actively applying the above skills into the project development and  service project phases will also serve to further reinforce a long term goal to offer the youth a "Life Skills Toolbox" as an inherent self help resource of healthy coping strategies, and effective management in their everyday life demands, that can lead them to their own deserved individual life goal success. 

 CharacterAssets© programs offer a continuum of services for a variety of settings including school based and community youth risk prevention programs. 

The CharacterAssets program satisfies criteria under the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in alignment with social emotional learning and character education. CharacterAssets can be implemented as an adjunct course as a part of the daily education curriculum in life skills, character development, service learning,  as a separate Bullying Prevention Initiative, and, or as an After School Program that can serve as an ongoing course of development in Character Building, Life Skills, Mental Health Wellness/Awareness, and Service Learning engagement in the community. 

Other source of referrals include youth identified as at risk from the community, court referred disposition for first time juvenile offenders, peer leadership training, summer camps, foster care youth, including older youth preparing for independent community transition, and special needs and learning disabled youth. On site staff training can be offered as part of a “Train the Trainer" program option.