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October 28, 2009 > Nominate an Asset Champion

Nominate an Asset Champion

By Meenu Gupta

Annually, Project Cornerstone honors Asset Champions, exceptional individuals and programs that serve youth positively. Nominations for the Asset Champions Awards 2010 are invited.

Last year, Calaveras Hills High School, an alternative high school in Milpitas, won the Caring High School Climate award for their work to ensure students thrive and achieve.

"Project Cornerstone serves Santa Clara County through programs that strengthen families, neighborhoods, communities and schools by ensuring young people's needs are addressed in public policy. We are active in Milpitas," said Elissa Miller, Development and Communications Director, Project Cornerstone.

Involvement with Project Cornerstone takes many forms. Volunteer for in-school programs to work with students directly, help at the Project Cornerstone office or make a tax-deductible donation. It is ideal to start at grass-roots level - build assets at home and in the community with your own children, neighbors or kids you meet. The agency is always looking for new organizational partners as well as new ways to spread their message throughout the community.

Asset champions are the individuals and organizations that make extraordinary efforts to build developmental assets and create positive connections with young people and inspire others to do the same.

Awards will be given in the categories of Positive Cultural Identity, Adult Role Model and Positive Peer Influence. Since the award recognizes positive peer influence among young people, both the nominator and nominee must be 24 years old or younger. Nominees for the Positive Cultural Identity award should help young people feel comfortable with and proud of their cultural identity.

Anyone may recommend an individual, family or organization, which has made a significant impact and with whose work and reputation they are familiar, in Silicon Valley. Other categories are Community Values Youth, Caring School Climate. The latter category has awards for elementary, middle and high schools.

Send nominations to or by fax to (408) 298-0143, marked for the attention of Project Cornerstone. Nominations can also be mailed to Project Cornerstone, Attn. Award Nominations, 1922 The Alameda, 3rd Floor, San Josˇ, CA, 95126. Nomination forms are available at

Nomination forms must be received by November 12, 2009. Winners and their sponsors will be notified by January 2010. All nominees and award recipients will be honored at the Asset Champions Awards Breakfast at San Jose's Fairmont Hotel on March 25, 2010.

For more information about the nomination process or event, call Project Cornerstone on (408) 351-6482 or email

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