Developmental Assets & Relationships

Developmental Assets

Search Institute has studied Developmental Assets in the lives of millions of young people across the United States and around the world. Research consistently shows that young people from all backgrounds do better when they have a strong foundation of these strengths in their lives.

 

Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, it identifies:

  • The supports, opportunities, and relationships young people need across all aspects of their lives (called “external assets”)

  • The personal skills, self-perceptions, and values they need (called “internal assets”) to make good choices, take responsibility for their own lives, and be independent and fulfilled.

INTERNAL ASSETS

SUPPORT

Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them

BOUNDARIES & EXPECTATIONS

Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best

EMPOWERMENT

Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected

CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME

Young people need opportunities—outside of school—to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults

COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them

SOCIAL COMPETENCY

Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best

POSITIVE VALUES

Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected

POSITIVE IDENTITY

Young people need opportunities—outside of school—to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults

EXTERNAL ASSETS

WHEN YOUTH HAVE MORE DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS, THEY ARE...

40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS AGE 3-5

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Developmental Relationships

Relationships are critical to young people’s development. They are also “active ingredients” in schools, programs, and other services that have an impact on young people’s lives. But too often we see relationships as too soft or too amorphous or too time-consuming or too idiosyncratic to be the foundation for intentional planning, measurement, and learning.

 

Young people are more likely to grow up successfully when they experience developmental relationships with important people in their lives. Developmental relationships are close connections through which young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute

to the world around them. Search Institute has identified five elements—expressed in 20 specific actions—that make relationships powerful in young people’s lives.

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