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Best Practices

SOCK played an integral role in the ongoing health and future of Mason County’s most at-risk children. To achieve the highest level of success, SOCK maintained a qualified staff, dedicated volunteers, and implemented wherever possible the current “best practices” in the field of youth development and education.

The noted Search Institute’s 40-Asset Resiliency Model Findings declare "many things you personally do––or could do––every day make a big difference for children and teenagers. Whether you are a caring adult or someone working in a community institution, there are many ways you can help young people succeed––in building their own developmental assets––including the formation of positive relationships, experiences and inner strengths that young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible."


SOCK mirrored top standards

SOCK used the eight-step Asset Development framework in its operations to:

(1) support young people with caring and attention
(2) empower them to use their abilities to help others
(3) set reasonable boundaries and have high expectations
(4) help youth find activities that make constructive use of their time
(5) spark their commitment to learning
(6) guide them toward a life based on positive values
(7) help young people develop social competencies and life skills
(8) celebrate their uniqueness and affirm them.

Our approach closely mirrored the Search Institute 40-Asset Resiliency Model of external assets: Support; Empowerment; Boundaries; Expectations; and Constructive Use of Time; as well as the internal assets of: Learning; Positive Values; Social Competencies; Positive Identity.

SOCK integrated Search Institute's specific assets into best practices framework

1. Other adult relationships 2. Community Values for Youth 3. Youth as Resources 4. Service to Others 5. Adult Role Models 6. Positive Peer Influence 7. Creative Activities 8. Youth Programs 9. Homework 10. Reading for Pleasure 11. Caring 12. Equality and Social Justice 13. Integrity 14. Honesty 15. Responsibility 16. Restraint 17. Planning and Decision Making 18. Interpersonal Competence 19. Cultural Competence 20. Resistance Skills 21. Peaceful Conflict Resolution 22. Personal Power 23. Self Esteem 24. Sense of Purpose 25. Positive View of Personal Future 26. Safety 27. High Expectations 28. Achievement, Expectations and Motivation 

An advisory board monitored and evaluated SOCK’s effectiveness in the implementation of the 40-Asset Search Institute Resiliency Model programming; the use of its facility; and the value of its mentoring programs.

Working well with others

Often the needs of youth are varied or require coordination among many caring partners. To better serve its youth, SOCK maintained affiliations or working relationships with a variety of organizations and governmental bodies.

Washington State Government • Mason County Government • City of Shelton

Mason Transit Authority, United Way of Mason County, Mason County Literacy, Community Action Council, Hood Canal Food Bank, Mason Matters, Mason County Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Mason County Shelter, Shelton School District, Pioneer School District, Readiness To Learn, Shelton Timberland Regional Library, Evergreen State College, Olympic College, The Volunteer Center, Mason County Probation Department, City of Shelton Police Department, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Habitat for Humanity, Theler Center, Boys & Girls Club, GRUB, Work Source, ESD 113, Area Agency on Aging, BHR, WIN211, DSHS, Transitioning Offenders Program, Mason County Dental Coalition, Foster Parents Association, Center for Advocacy & Personal Development, Faith in Action, Senior Center, Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Mason County Youth Programs, Bicycle Alliance of Washington



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SOCK. PO Box 1013. Shelton WA 98584.
Contact us at (360) 427-3119 or email us at sock@sock.org