Teaching Tools

We Belong

The purpose of the We Belong: A How-To Guide is to share practical ways to enhance the experiences of newcomer youth in physical activity settings.

The Guide:

  • supports facilitators in fostering developmental assets in participants to increase the likeliness that youth will make good choices in the program and in life;
  • provides background information on how being active supports healthy development in youth;
  • includes information on Asset-Based Community Development; and
  • suggests how facilitators can incorporate these concepts into their programming.

The guide includes five sections for developing quality programming using an Asset-Based Community Development approach:

  1. Introduction - provides an overview, key definitions and sets the context for program development
  2. Planning Phase - includes sections on religious and cultural considerations, family and parental influences, adaptations and modifications, safety and addressing other barriers 
  3. Implementation Phase - focuses on appropriate communication strategies and participant guidelines 
  4. Evaluation Phase - provides information on various evaluation tools and details to consider at the end of the program
  5. Appendices - includes a variety of information on building developmental assets, worksheets for program planning, case studies and sample permission and evaluation forms