By now you've heard of the old African proverb, "It
takes a whole village to raise a child." But what does it really mean to
be the Whole Village? For that matter,
what does it mean to be whole?
In the 21st Century, it means having a sense of
who you are and where you’re going.
The YouthUSA Corporate Village includes caring adults
sharing a common vision for the "Positive Youth Development" of a
YouthUSA Beneficiary. Any American youth
age 7-24 can raise a whole village of 20 caring adults by completing an online
application to THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS.
Every completed application to THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT
AWARDS identifies a winner, a village and a trust. Each winner has written goals in seven areas
of human development. YouthUSA values
these goals as “Money-n-the-Bank” in a process for creating one community asset
where we live, learn, work and worship.
21st Century community reinvestment means valuing
community assets more than other stuff.
A review of historically bad investing resulting in historically
disadvantaged economies suggests a need for a nation to LEARN-2-EARN.
A collaboration of twelve federal departments and agencies
assembled as the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs created a working
definition of Positive Youth Development as an intentional, pro-social approach
that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer
groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive;
recognizes, utilizes, and enhances youths' strengths; and promotes positive
outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships,
and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.
Any serious commitment to economic security recognizes the
value of investing in futures. Any
caring adult who is ready, willing and able to reinvest in a more prosperous
future can partner with America’s newest minority – two percenters.