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“Every human being is born with some sort of gift, an inclination or an instinct that can become a full-blown mastery. We may not see our gift for what it is. Having seen it we may choose not to accept the gift and its consequences for our life. Or, having claimed our gift, we may not be willing to do the hard work necessary to nurture it. But none of these evasions can alter the fact that the gift is ours. Each of us is a master at something, and part of becoming fully alive is to discover and develop our birthright competence.” ~ Parker Palmer

The Council has been working with partners to provide training in the art of Core Gift Assessment for professionals who have a desire to help youth and young adults with disabilities explore and contribute their talents. Bruce Anderson with the Core Gift Institute and Community Activators is the expert who has been providing these trainings.

What is a Core Gift?
Skills are things you have learned how to do and may or may not enjoy or feel motivated to do.

Gifts of Talent are things you have an innate capacity for at birth, feel natural to you, and you are motivated to give.

Gifts of Wisdom are the “ah-ha” learning moments we encounter that change our way of thinking and acting in the world.

Gifts of Passage are abilities you develop as situations, feel deeply connected to, compelled to learn about, and eager to give.

Your Core Gift is the primary passage gift resulting from the most difficult situation you have faced in your life. To learn more about Core Gifts visit the Core Gift Institute website

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