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WHY Developmental Assets

Research has identified 40 assets which are critical to positive child and adolescent development   www.search-institute.org


Key messages

Everyone can build assets

All kids need assets

Relationships are key

Everyone has strengths

We need to work together

  • Studies of more than 2.2 million young people consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviours and the more likely they are to thrive.

  • Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity

  • Assets are better predictors of high-risk involvement and thriving than poverty or being from a single-parent family.

  • Assets promote academic success and increase civic engagement.

  • The Developmental Assets are grounded in research on child and adolescent development, risk prevention and resiliency.

It’s not about: It is about:

A prescribed program Positive relationships

Being incidental Being intentional

Problems         Strengths

Troubled kids         All kids

Just the work of professionals Everyone’s job     

Being experimental         Evidence and research

Project focus         Comprehensive work

Shifting messages Consistency and repetition

Competition         Partnerships and cooperation

Quick fix         Ongoing work