Search Institute's 40 developmental
assets are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and
qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets
have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices
young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
The developmental asset framework is categorized into two groups of
External assets are the positive experiences young people
receive from the world around them. These 20 assets are about
supporting and empowering young people, about setting boundaries and
expectations, and about positive and constructive use of young
people's time. External assets identify important roles that
families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, and youth
organizations can play in promoting healthy development.
The twenty internal assets identify those characteristics and
behaviors that reflect positive internal growth and development of
young people. These assets are about positive values and identities,
social competencies, and commitment to learning. The internal
developmental assets will help these young people make thoughtful
and positive choices and, in turn, be better prepared for situations
in life that challenge their inner strength and confidence.
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