Introduction to Asset Based Community Development
Connecting young people to community and seeing them as a part of a community is vital for young people to have a voice and to create a sense of belonging. Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a powerful approach to community engagement and development that focuses on abilities and potential, rather than problems and deficits by discovering the resources that are already present in a community.
By building relationships and creating the space for opportunities to emerge, young people become powerful and are more in control of their own decision making. The key principles will demonstrate how ABCD ensures an inclusive community process and participants will leave the workshop with practical tools to assist communities to help themselves and others discover and mobilise community strengths.
Drawing on the experience of both the participants and the facilitator, participants will leave our workshops with practical tools, skills and ideas on how to:
- Focus on assets rather than deficiencies
- Identify and mobilise community assets
- Identify natural leaders
- Discover skills of individuals
- Build and maintain effective partnerships
- Facilitate group processes