Introduction: Eight Interpretations of the Developmental Assets Framework.- The Purpose and Design of the National Case Study.- Findings from the Eight Communities: Transformation, Affirmation, and Blended Models.- Introductory Chapter to Wave I of the Study.- Traverse Bay Area's GivEm40 24.7: One Sector at a Time.- Moorhead Healthy Community Initiative: The Forgotten Neighborhoods.- Portland's Take the Time: Reaching toward 'The Tipping Point'.- Orlando's Healthy Community Initiative: Community Sustainability.- Introductory Chapter to Wave II of the Study.- St. Louis Park's Children First: Permeating Community Life.- Lawton/Fort Sill Community Coalition: Partnering with Prevention.- McPherson's Asset Building Initiative: 'Leaderful' Communities.- Nevada's Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Story Counties: Rethinking the New Frontier.- Lessons Learned: Resisting the Template.
Explores how youth development and community development intersect and influence one another
Focuses on multiple manifestations of a community-designed approach rather than a replication of a national model or program
Builds bridges between theory and practice
Provides a unique window into what is arguably the broadest grassroots community organizing movement for youth development in the country