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Community Life

This Infancy to Innovation area of interest focuses on social capital—that is trust, civic participation, and social connection and how each of these increases society's productive potential.

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The following are the community-identified goals that help children, youth, and young adults succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Develop a variety of education, support and services that help strengthen the vital role that families play in their children's development.

Youth

  • Develop innovative methods to engage youth, parents and all sectors of the community in improving outcomes for youth through advocacy, service and philanthropy.

Young Adults

  • Develop innovative methods and programs to engage young adults and all sectors of the community in improving outcomes for youth through advocacy, service and philanthropy.

Supportive factors are the key resilience factors known through research that mitigate risk factors and promote healthy development for young children, youth, and adults.

The following are exemplary factors that support children, youth, and young adults to succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Stable, supportive violence free communities and a sense of rootedness, identity, and connectedness to culture are key supportive factors young children need to grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Youth

  • Stable, supportive violence free communities and a sense of rootedness, identity, and connectedness to culture are key supportive factors youth need to grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Young Adults

  • Stable, supportive violence free communities and a sense of rootedness, identity, and connectedness to culture are key supportive factors young adults need to obtain the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

The following are areas that our community should invest in to better prepare our children, youth, and young adults in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Investing in parent education with emphasis on including diverse, non-traditional and vulnerable families.

Youth

  • Invest in the implementation of innovative methods to engage youth and parents and all sectors of the community in improving outcomes for youth through advocacy, service and philanthropy.

Young Adults

  • Invest in the implementation of innovative methods to engage young adults and all sectors of the community in improving outcomes for young adults through advocacy, service and philanthropy.

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