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Examples of Developmental Assets

Project Cornerstone
Helping Youth Thrive
What is Project Cornerstone?

Project Cornerstone was founded after a 1999 survey
revealed that most Silicon Valley kids and teens dont have
enough developmental assets to thrive. Developmental
assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and
experiences that have been shown to help young people
succeed. Project Cornerstone focuses on increasing 41 key
developmental assets in our children. Each months lesson
focuses on the acquisition of several different assets.

Support Positive Values

Caring
Integrity
Honesty
Responsibility
Restraint
Healthy lifestyle
Positive Identity
Personal Power
Self-Esteem
Sense of Purpose
Positive view of
Personal Future
Positive Cultural
Identity
L O Y O L A E L E M E N T A R Y
Who is Project
Cornerstone?
The inspiration of Felecia
Mulvany whose idea was to
use childrens literature to
teach students the skills
they needed to deal with
bullying behavior. Eight
years later, Project
Cornerstones ABC Program
now has more than 2,200
volunteers reading in 90
schools, reaching 25,000
students on a monthly
basis. At Loyola, 20 parents
volunteer to teach lessons
in the classroom on a
monthly basis.
ABC PROGRAM:
Asset Building Champion
Program
Family Support
Positive Family
Communication
Caring
neighborhood
Caring School
Climate

PROJECT CORNERSTONE LOYOLA ELEMENTARY
This Years Books
Each month we read a book together and discuss the themes presented by the author.
Next, we do an activity as a class to reinforce the learning topics and developmental
assets. Here are the lessons we are learning this year.
FRIENDS TO THE END for kids
- Treat others the way you want to be treated.
- Be an UPstander - Say or do something when you see bullying
behavior.
- Fill peoples buckets with kind thoughts and deeds.
We played a game called What classmates play to show how much we
all have in common.
GIRAFFES CANT DANCE
- Turn I CANT into I CAN!
- Think positively and swim away from the hook
when someone teases you.
We had a dance party even did a little GANGNAM.

JUST KIDDING

-Learning how to respond to bullying behavior.
-How to make a real apology just kidding is not an
apology.
We made a list of our caring adults at Loyola.
Classmates acted out emotions and we tried to guess what they
were feeling (learning to read emotions).
WHEN SOPHIE GETS ANGRY

- Everyone has strong emotions at times - especially anger.
Stop and think before you act.
- How to TAKE 5 to help control anger.
We sang IF YOU ARE ANGRY AND YOU KNOW IT and the class
made suggestions about how to calm ourselves down.
We practiced a relaxation/meditation technique.

PROJECT CORNERSTONE LOYOLA ELEMENTARY

RUBY BRIDGES GOES TO SCHOOL
- Discussion of the importance of tolerance and acceptance of
differences.
- How to stand up for your beliefs.
- How one person can make a difference in our world.
We did an exercise in which half the kids were assigned to the back
of the bus. The class suggested ways to be an UPstander.
HOW DO I STAND IN YOUR SHOES?
- Focused on empathy and learning to understand and care
about another persons feelings.
As a class we traced our shoes and wrote two ways we have
shown empathy or kindness to another person. Each student
read his or her contribution.
SEBASTIANS ROLLER SKATES
- Explore and discover your sparks (interests, dreams).
- Stand tall and try something new.

THANK YOU, MR. FALKER
- Celebrate our heroes.
- Learn to identify your strengths to overcome
challenges.