Challenge Team Wins Sparks Asset Champion Award

Mountain View's Graham Middle School students participate as broadcasters of event held Thursday at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The group that promotes youth in Mountain View, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills has been honored by the YMCA's Silicon Valley's Project Cornerstone initiative.

The Challenge Team received Project Cornerstone's SPARK Asset Champion Award Thursday at the Santa Clara Convention Center for their "exemplary best practice to be recognized, replicated, and celebrated." Former 49er Quarterback Steve Young delivered the keynote address.

Founded in 1987, the Challenge Team—a consortium of community leaders, parents and school officials from Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills—works to promote programs for youth that encourages youth to live healthy, productive lives.

Project Cornerstone has a list of 41 developmental assets and the more youth experience and are exposed to these, the more they are likely to succeed. The work that the Challenge Team does helps support local organizations to meet as many of these as possible.

An example of local partnerships that promote youth has been the Mountain View Youth Productions. That's what 20 Graham Middle School students who produce sports broadcasts alongside KMVT-15. These students not only shoot middle school sports, but also learn video production.

The team of Mountain View Youth Productions covered the SPARK Asset Champion Award ceremony from the Santa Clara Convention Center with 1300 attendees.

Did you attend? Are you a member of the Challenge Team? What motivates you to work with youth? Tell us in comments!


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Ellen Wheeler March 29, 2013 at 05:14 PM
I'm a member of Challege Team, so I'll comment. We were thrilled to win this award, particularly because it was a way to acknowledge our exceptional long-time leader, Gay Krause. We filled 4 of the hundreds of tables at this breakfast. Everyone was there to support kids in our communities. There were folks from all over Santa Clara County and beyond who try to bring the Developmental Assets to life in our daily work. I also want to give a shout out to Graham's great video crew and their fearless leader, Tom Sayer! Lastly, I have to say Steve Young's speech was terrific! He was so engaging and down to earth.
Claudia Cruz March 29, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Thanks Ellen for sharing. I've tried to make it to the Challenge Team meetings, but they take place so early! However, I've met many members at either at the Champions for Youth breakfast or through my work in Mountain View and I know the dedication they have for the kids. It's a very well-deserved honor.


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