Asset Mapping


What is asset mapping?

Asset mapping is the process of identifying and documenting the gifts, talents, and resources within your community. Through asset mapping, you can utilize local resources to improve and strengthen your community. Below are additional links to familiarize yourself with asset-mapping concepts. 

Appreciate Inquiry Commons provides an excellent model on community development. The site includes tools and resources, research, and educational opportunities.

Community Toolbox: Bringing Solutions to Light

“Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey”, by Michael Wine and Karen Ray. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul: MN, 2000.

Process of Mapping Community Assets

The Capacity Inventory created by the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, provides a list of questions to gauge the skill sets of community members.

A Facilitator’s Guide: “Vitalizing Community” provides information to build on assets and mobilize members throughout the community


Useful Methods and Techniques

The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute provides excellent resources on methods and techniques for mapping community assets- video training programs, toolkits, mapping instruments, case studies, fact sheets, workbooks, board games, charts, and many more.

Real-World Examples of Asset Mapping and Community Building?

Youth Map Milwaukee is a new project by the Center for Youth Engagement, which helps bored youth map fun resources throughout the city. 

The Community Building Initiative is a nonprofit that works to map and build assets for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Check out their website for more information!

The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute provides a list of current asset-mapping projects. Examples include a five-year project in Rochester, New York, which uses asset mapping to improve the health status of local neighborhoods.  



Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is one of the most important areas of students’ education yet is often the most ignored and underfunded. Fortunately, the Actuarial Foundation has developed award-winning financial literacy education curricula for students and educators. Topics covered include banking, financing, savings and succeeding. To supplement this excellent series are additional resources across each topic. Enjoy!  

The Actuarial Foundation’s Financial Literacy Education Curricula
The banking curriculum includes information on savings accounts, checking accounts, credit cards, and taxes. 
Teacher Guide

The financing curriculum includes information on student loans, auto loans, interest, and insurance.
Teacher Guide

The savings curriculum includes information on bonds, stocks, mutual funds, risk and diversification, and inflation.
Teacher Guide

The succeeding curriculum includes information on paths to employment, paying for post-secondary education, making a living, and retirement. 
Teacher Guide

Additional Resources

Credit Card Nation provides tools to gauge your credit card knowledge and identify areas of improvement.

Mapping Your Future provides a variety of useful tips on how to use credit cards and avoid debt. 

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy provides financing articles for high school and college students.

Financial Entertainment provides educational games on debt management. 

National Student Loan Data System created by the US Department of Education, is a central database where you can retrieve loan information.

Banzai provides free, interactive lessons on financial planning for educators and students. 

Calculator Plus provides free financial calculators to estimate payments on loans and credit cards.

InVEST is a free insurance-literacy program about auto, homeowners, renters, and health insurance.

Feed the Pig provides fun, interactive ways to develop money-saving habits and strategies.

My Bank Tracker allows you to track interest rates across banks. 


LVP seeks to expand and improve youth workforce development efforts in Milwaukee by sharing resources, facilitating and supporting collaborations between the public and private sectors, and advocating for youth workforce development partners in the community.

LVP’s vision is that the public and private sectors in Milwaukee will effectively and efficiently work together to provide the best college and career readiness programs to the city’s youth.

Contact Information
William J. Malone
Youth Development Coordinator
Phone: 414.286-5894
Dept. of City Development
809 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202