The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets framework is made up of skills, characteristics, and experiences kids need in order to grow into caring, responsible adults. These assets have consistently shown to protect kids from high-risk behaviors while promoting positive behaviors and building resiliency.
The Assets can be adapted to suit any age or developmental stage and are relevant across gender, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines. Research shows youth with more Assets are more likely to be successful and less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors. Levels of Assets are better indicators of risk behaviors than socioeconomic status, race, family structure, or other demographic factors. Kids with greater numbers of assets are less likely to engage in behavior such as substance abuse, school dropout, delinquency, and violence.
The assets are positive, strengths-based, and common sense. They give us concrete suggestions to raise our kids right.
- Help us understand what kids need to succeed
- Focus on solutions, not problems
- Are powerful predictors of behavior
- Are protective
- Promote positive development
- Build resiliency potential