The Strongest Forces for Change

I’ve been exploring prevention models upon which to build the “Voices For Virtue” Community.  In recent years the field of youth psychology has identified several very strong models that have been proven to decrease youth crime, delinquency and some sexual behaviors AND increase prosocial healthy virtuous behavior.  Currently,  the Voices For Virtue prevention model includes elements of each of the following:  the social developmental model known as “Communities That Care” developed by J. David Hawkins, Ph.D. and Richard F. Catalano, Ph.D. (1996); the Lion’s Quest “Skills For Action” curriculum by the International Lions Club (2009); and  the “Strengths-Based Approaches” model promoted by  Kevin M. Powell (2010) for youth with sexual problems.  

Communities That Care is based on the Social Development Strategy formulated by J. David Hawkins and Richard Catalano at the University of Washington.  Rather than a program, Communities that Care is an “operating system” that provides the structure, but not the content, of a community effort to address youth issues.  The model suggests essential characteristics of a successful community provides youth with opportunities for meaningful participation, ways to learn and develop selected skills, and recognition. As a result youth will attach and feel committed to the given community. See: Communities That Care

Skills For Action provides the content for youth to learn to communicate effectively, analyze and solve problems, set and achieve goals, work successfully as part of a team, and resolve conflict peacefully. Youth also learn skills to resist negative peer pressure, make healthy choices, and understand and appreciate diversity.  Skills For Action is provided by The Lions Club International.  See: Lions Quest Skills For Action

Strength-Based Approach is a social work practice theory, it’s a philosophy that emphasizes youth’s self determination and strengths. The approach focuses on the identification, creation, and reinforcement of strengths and resources within youth-directing youth toward “What to do” rather than focusing on problematic behaviors and “What not to do.”  See: Building Adolescents’ Assets and Strengths

In summary, Voices For Virtue social networking community uses the community structure of “Communities That Care”, the content/curriculum from “Skills For Action”, and the philosophy of the “Strength-Based Approach” to increase positive prosocial development and decrease problematic behaviors. A diagram of the Voices For Virtuetm model is illustrated below.

The strongest forces for change are within the youth themselves!

Voices For Virtue believes the strongest forces for change occur when a youth learns skills, competencies and doctrine while connecting with the Spirit.

I’d appreciate any feedback you might have concerning this Voices For Virtue community model.

dr rick / a voice for virtue

An Upward Reach Volunteer

For HIS power is in them…. Alma 8:31

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