Building community capacity through the strengths of people.
The 40 Developmental Assets?
What is Social Capital?
to Build Social Capital
CAN’s primary goals relate to four main topics: leadership development; education; resource networking; and assessment.
CAN’s goal is to foster leadership among people in local communities and community systems (e.g., schools, government, agencies, faith groups, etc.) who want to develop the social, physical, civic, vocational and cultural competencies of people in the community, in a way that promotes connection, caring and commitment.
Through conferences and shared learning experiences, CAN aims to help educate Connecticut communities and their residents on ways to integrate asset-based strategies for creating and sustaining healthier communities.
CAN’s goal is to help neighborhoods, schools and communities discover, develop and use the gifts, talents and capacities of individuals, associations and institutions for mutually beneficial problem solving and community building, to produce local networks of resources and capacity inventories which will lead to mutually beneficial problem solving.
In each of its community asset development projects, CAN will use personal stories of individuals involved as one of the tools for assessing the outcomes of the project. These assessments highlight the contributions of community partners and provide useful information for enhancing citizen engagement in future projects.