At-Promise vs At-Risk Thinking

Improve outcomes with at-risk youth. A strengths-based approach focuses on what is right with youth. This is in contrast to deficit-based approaches. Join the discussion.

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Best suited for:
  • Education professionals
  • Counselors and health providers
  • Youth leaders and coaches

Honeycutt worked directly with Kevin M. Powell, PhD at Platte Valley Youth Services Center (PVYSC).

Powell is a licensed psychologist and author. Find his book on Amazon.¬† The content and substance of Honeycutt’s virtual presentation have been approved by Powell. The theme is that a strengths-based approach focuses on what is right with at-risk youth.

A strengths-based approach improves student participation and success.

Honeycutt instructed over 400 detained and incarcerated youth ages 12-20. He worked with Powell at Platte Value Youth Services Center from 2016-2017. Since then, he has continued using those principles in his teaching traditional students in public school systems. The approach is effective for all youth – but especially youth considered ‘at-risk.”

Apply Strength-Based Concepts

SBA focus on what is right with youth rather than what is wrong. Strengths-based is largely in contrast to deficit-based approaches. Many traditional teaching methods work toward “filling in the gaps.” A strengths-based approach may challenge the thinking of some highly experienced educators.

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Cornerstone Crossroads Academy in Dallas has had remarkable success with second-chance high school students.

A Strengths-based approach focuses on what is right with at-risk youth. This 3-hour virtual session includes anecdotes of success. You will hear the basis of SBA and its evolution from prior models. In all, six categories and 41 interventions (SBIs) are found Powell’s publication. The session highlights important protective factors for youth at risk.



Presentation Objectives (3 hours)

At the end of this presentation, you should be able to:

  • Reconfirm factors impacting at-risk youth
  • Contrast a strengths-based approach to a deficit-based approach
  • Consider including these ideas in your approach

Read about a strengths-base approach by Kevin Powell.

 Part 1: At Promise Youth

Part 2: At Promise Youth