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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Benefit of Asset-Based Youth Development

"The desperate conditions that face the poor call for a revolution in our attempts at a solution ...I have come to see these desperate problems cannot be solved without strong commitment and risky actions on the part of ordinary Christians with heroic faith"

John Perkins

Old Chinese Poem:
Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have
But of the best leaders
When their task is done
The people will remark
"We have done it ourselves."

Three Universal Felt Needs
1. The Need to Belong
2. The Need to be Significant and Important - to Somebody
3. The Need for a Reasonable Amount of Security

John Perkins, Restoring At-Risk Communities, 1995.

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