The Developmental Assets
Do you ever wonder why some kids seem to grow up with ease while others struggle? Are you surprised that some kids thrive in spite of difficult circumstances? The Search Institute, a nonprofit research organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been asking these same questions since 1958. Through studies involving hundreds of thousands of young people across the country, The Search Institute has found 40 factors that are essential to young people’s success.
They call these 40 factors Developmental Assets.
These assets aren’t financial. Instead, they are opportunities, skills, relationships, values, and self-perceptions that all young people need in their lives.
The assets are both external (things that others provide for youth) and internal (things that develop within young people themselves). There are four categories of external assets and four categories of internal assets.
THE EXTERNAL ASSETS
2-Positive family communication
3-Other adult relationships
5-Caring school climate
6-Parent involvement in schooling
7-Community values youth
8-Youth as resources
9-Services to others
Boundaries And Expectations
14-Adult role models
15-Positive peer influence
Constructive Use of Time
20-Time at home
THE INTERNAL ASSETS
Commitment to Learning
24-Bonding to school
25-Reading for pleasure
27-Equality and social justice
32-Planning and decision making
36-Peaceful conflict resolution
39-Sense of purpose
40-Positive view of personal future
“The Power of Assets to Promote” “The Power of Assets to Protect”
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Danielle Pfeiffer at (732) 531-5650 x 1042
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