Week 1 Discussion 1 Strength Oriented Action

This week’s readings focus on the importance of the ‘culture shift’ that needs to take place in our communities in order to begin an asset-building initiative. Using your critical thinking skills, respond to the following questions:

  • What do the terms ‘strength message’ and ‘strength-oriented action’ mean?
  • What evidence do you see of this concept played out in your local school or organizational setting?
  • What about in your community?
  • What do you see as the predominant role of adults in your community? Are they more focused on strength or risk and deficits? Do they provide relationships and programs, or just programs?

Include two or three specific actions that you consistently practice, or could immediately incorporate into your daily routine, to support a “strength-oriented action” culture. If you get stuck, you may want to refer to the “Ask Yourself These Questions First” on Tip Sheet #1 located in the required reading for the week.