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

Support


1-Family support
2-Positive family communication
3-Other adult relationships
4-Caring neighborhood
5-Caring school climate
6-Parent involvement in schooling

Empowerment

7-Community values youth
8-Youth as resources
9-Services to others
10-Safety

Boundaries And Expectations

11-Family boundaries
12-School boundaries
13-Neighborhood boundaries
14-Adult role models
15-Positive peer influence
16-High expectations

Constructive Use of Time


17-Creative activities
18-Youth programs
19-Religious community
20-Time at home

THE INTERNAL ASSETS

Commitment to Learning

21-Achievement motivation
22-School engagement
23-Homework
24-Bonding to school
25-Reading for pleasure

Positive Values

26-Caring
27-Equality and social justice
28-Integrity
29-Honesty
30-Responsibility
31-Restraint

Social Competencies

32-Planning and decision making
33-Interpersonal competence
34-Cultural competence
35-Resistance skills
36-Peaceful conflict resolution

Positive Identity

37-Personal power
38-Self-esteem
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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Contact Information

If interested in more information about the TOGS program contact:

Danielle Pfeiffer at (732) 531-5650 x 1042

If interested in more information about the iTOGS program contact:

Jesse Kauffmann at (732) 531-5630 x 7042