40 Developmental Assets

Welcome to the 40 Developmental Assets Page!

If you have never heard of The Search Institute or the 40 Developmental Assets, please click here to take you to the  40 Developmental Assets page.

As a Project Director for a Non-Profit that works with teens, it is an amazing resource full of great material that covers what teenagers need in order to succeed in life.

By the way, you can click on the link labeled, “Take Action” to give you ideas of what you can do to provide that specific developmental asset.

Enjoy the read!

External Assets Include:

SUPPORT

    1. Family Support | Family life provides high levels of love and support.
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    2. Positive Family Communication | Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.
      SHOW ME HOW TO  TAKE ACTION
    3. Other Adult Relationships | Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.
      SHOW ME HOW TO  TAKE ACTION
    4. Caring Neighborhood | Young person experiences caring neighbors.
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    5. Caring School Climate | School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
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    6. Parent Involvement in Schooling | Parent(s) are actively involved in helping the child succeed in school.


EMPOWERMENT

    1. Community Values Youth | Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
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    2. Youth as Resources | Young people are given useful roles in the community.
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    3. Service to Others | Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
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    4. Safety | Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
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BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS

    1. Family Boundaries | Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
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    2. School Boundaries | School provides clear rules and consequences.
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    3. Neighborhood Boundaries | Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
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    4. Adult Role Models | Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
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    5. Positive Peer Influence | Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.
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    6. High Expectations | Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.


CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME

  1. Creative Activities | Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
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  2. Youth Programs | Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.SHOW ME HOW TO  TAKE ACTION
  3. Religious Community | Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.
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  4. Time at Home | Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.
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Internal Assets Include:

COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

    1. Achievement Motivation | Young person is motivated to do well in school.
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    2. School Engagement | Young person is actively engaged in learning.
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    3. Homework | Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
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    4. Bonding to School | Young person cares about her or his school.
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    5. Reading for Pleasure | Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
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POSITIVE VALUES

    1. Caring | Young Person places high value on helping other people.
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    2. Equality and Social Justice | Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
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    3. Integrity | Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
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    4. Honesty | Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
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    5. Responsibility | Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
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    6. Restraint | Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
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SOCIAL COMPETENCIES

    1. Planning and Decision Making | Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
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    2. Interpersonal Competence | Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
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    3. Cultural Competence | Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
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    4. Resistance Skills | Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
      SHOW ME HOW TO  TAKE ACTION
    5. Peaceful Conflict Resolution | Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
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POSITIVE IDENTITY

  1. Personal Power | Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”
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  2. Self-Esteem | Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
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  3. Sense of Purpose | Young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”
    SHOW ME HOW TO  TAKE ACTION
  4. Positive View of Personal Future | Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.
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