Asset Builder

Grounded in research conducted by the Search Institute, the 40 Developmental Assets focus on adolescence development, resiliency, and prevention, which fosters relationships, opportunities, and qualities, that young people need to avoid risks and prosper.  

Columbia County Connects Honors Community Members

On April 27, 2014 a group of community members were honored at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Portage for their work developing positive attributes in youth.

The distinguished community members were from several municipalities of Columbia County and were nominated by past Asset Builder award winners and community members. They join a prestigious list of 370 past recipients. Detective Lieutenant Roger Brandner of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department served as master of ceremonies for the event. 

All winners were chosen because of their role in providing programs or activities that relate to the 40 Developmental Assets.  Developmental asset communities and individuals create an environment where youth are valued, can thrive and avoid “at risk” behaviors. Once people have committed to creating a healthy community for children and adolescents, many other issues and needs come into focus. 

2014 Asset Builder Award Winners

Robert Bagnall

Peggy Benson

Barb Cook

Geneva Ervin

Lyle Hendrickson

Penny Kiefer

Anne Lembcke

Jason LeMay

Larry Saager

Mary Kay Saager

Beth Sokol

Paula Tonn

Nathan Wenzel

Nancy Ondal Ziegler

Congrats to all the 2014 Columbia County Connects Asset Builders Winners!