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Asset Building Champions (ABC) Program

ABC is Project Cornerstone’s effective parent engagement program. It is composed of an elementary school strand, with more than 3,400 adults reading to 58,000 youth in 145 schools. Volunteers are trained in the developmental assets model for positive youth development, and prepared to read a specially selected children’s book and lead related activities and discussions in classrooms each month. The program’s goal is to help school communities achieve the following:

  • Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
  • Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied. (Click here to learn more about bullying.)
  • Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
  • Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive. (Click here for more information about school climate.)

To learn more about the ABC program explore the links below.

For more information about ABC, including how to start the program at your school, contact us at 408-351-6482 or info@projectcornerstone.org.

If you’re already an ABC volunteer, click here for program materials and resources.

Before the ABC program started at our school, we had fights and conflict all the time. This is our sixth year with the program and we just don’t see that any more. Students are aware of appropriate behavior and how their actions affect others. They also know how to handle things that do come up sometimes so they don’t get out of hand.
–ABC volunteer

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