Mapping the Community

Asset Mapping

Asset mapping provides information about the strengths and resources of a community. Mapping the assets of the school community with students and families creates a holistic view of the environment in which students live. A visual representation can help you think about how to build on these assets to address community needs to support student success.


Community Conversations

Community conversations can be used to help identify assets and needs, foster collaboration and drive engagement between key members of your school, CLC and community. 



Start by exploring the community to help you define it. You don't have to do this alone - enlist the help of students, staff, families, even community organizations. Think about the geography, the language and culture, the gathering places, etc. Use the Step 1 Tools and Templates document included in the Tools box (top right).  


Map it Out

Create a visual representation of the community. Enlist the help of students to identify all the special places where they gather with friends and family. Ask parents to share their go-to resources for health and wellness, entertainment and leisure. You may notice some gaps or hear about missing resources nearby. This is important information that may influence your course of collective action.