Shelby Andress

St. Louis Park Children First Memories…

About Carl Holmstrom
Among Search Institute staff, Carl became legendary. We all have our favorite Carl quotes. Here’s one I remember -and a Willmar leader told me he heard it, too, at a public rally there. “This assets work is the most spiritual experience I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a spiritual experience because when we started we didn’t know where…we were going.”

About the ongoing philosophy of Children First
From the get-go, Children First has embodied its current mission statement, honoring “whatever makes sense to them” in the work of positive youth development among organizations, individuals and systems.

About Your Ongoing Impact
I have continued to work in communities all across the nation on positive youth development around an assets approach. Imagine it! Hundreds of communities in 35 other countries embracing assets from the Middle East to Europe to Africa to South America to Asia. As Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

I. Shelby Andress

Member of the Search Institute staff team during start-up years of Children First