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Identify community assets and resources

What are your community’s strengths? What assets and resources are already in place? Think about the people, places, organizations, services, and policies already in your community. How can you build on what’s already working?

Be clear on your goal as you explore the assets and resources in your community. What will help you get there? Identifying your community’s assets prepares you to:

  • Mobilize the diverse skills and capacities of people in your community.
  • Leverage assets to make change faster and more sustainable.
  • Align existing efforts and resources.
  • Build agency among residents to tap into their power and abilities to transform their community.

We like the Community Assets Brainstorm Exercise and Community Assessment Tools to prompt a group brainstorm or discussion. These tools offer discussion questions or brainstorm prompts. Neither tool offers detailed direction for facilitating an activity. Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization’s Capacity is a more in-depth resource that includes examples and template worksheets.