Peer Advisory known as PASSPORT in 7th grade and COMPASS in the 8th grade helps students to build developmental assets and encourage them to develop in all areas of their lives. The class incorporates activities, discussions and projects designed to help students become functioning citizen's in today's society. Research in adolescent development and risk behavior were used to tailor the class to student's needs. Areas of focus will include: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity. The class will focus on building positive relationships on campus, between school and home, and into the larger community.
We look forward to an exciting year with all of our students.
Most people think of assets in terms of property or financial resources. Developmental assets are the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills that young people need to grow up caring and responsible. Search Institute identified the 40 developmental assets as the essential building blocks of healthy child and youth development - including adult role models, positive peer influence, caring school climates and a sense that community values youth. With input from diverse community members, Project Cornerstone has added a 41st asset “positive cultural identity" to the framework we use.
Search Institute's research shows that youth need 31 or more of the 41 assets to thrive. Our 2004-2005 Survey Data shows Santa Clara County youth have an average of 18.8 assets. Each of us has the power to make a difference by being asset builders for children and youth.
--Taken from the Project Cornerstone Website