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Bills host over 500 asset initiative supporters

Rochester, N.Y.- The Buffalo Bills hosted the Monroe County Department of Human Services and the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau for their Community Asset Partner Network Annual Event at the Buffalo Bills Verizon Wireless Training Camp on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.  Over 500 community members and youth celebrated their support of the Asset Initiative effort in Monroe County. 

The Asset Initiative is a county-wide effort that promotes 'Asset Building' for all youth engaging all sectors of the Rochester community to provide opportunities for all young people to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The Rochester Monroe County Youth Bureau, a division of the Monroe County Department of Human Services, has facilitated the Asset Initiative since 1997. "40 development assets" researched by Search Institute are the building blocks all youth need to be successful, responsible and reach their potential.

The Community Asset Partner Network's mission is to promote asset-building opportunities for all youth through adult/youth partnerships and caring, healthy communities. Their vision is to create a safe, positive environment that supports and provides opportunities for all children and youth to become caring people who will reach their potential.

In 2007, Search Institute chose Monroe County to host their national conference and over 1800 individuals attended.  This was the first time the conference was held on the east coast. The Monroe County Asset Partners is recognized for their extraordinary efforts and acknowledged as national leaders in the county-wide partnership.

"We are excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of the Buffalo Bills Verizon Wireless Training Camp," said Bob Zinck, Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau executive director. "We believe the Asset Initiative has the potential to reach every family in Monroe County, strengthening our natural resources, the youth and their families. We look forward to our working together to make Rochester Monroe County a great place to live for youth and their families."

For further information, contact the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau at 585-753-6455.

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