- Family support
Family life provides high levels of love and support.
- Positive family communication
Parent(s) and child communicate positively. Child feels comfortable seeking advice and counsel from parent(s).
- Other adult relationships
Child receives support from adults other than her or his parent(s).
- Caring neighborhood
Child experiences caring neighbors.
- Caring school climate
Relationships with teachers and peers provide a caring, encouraging environment.
- Parent involvement in schooling
Parent(s) are actively involved in helping the child succeed in school.
- Community values youth
Child feels valued and appreciated by adults in the community.
- Children as resources
Child is included in decisions at home and in the community.
- Service to others
Child has opportunities to help others in the community.
Child feels safe at home, at school, and in his or her neighborhood.
- Family boundaries
Family has clear and consistent rules and consequences and monitors the child’s whereabouts.
- School Boundaries
School provides clear rules and consequences.
- Neighborhood boundaries
Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring the child’s behavior.
- Adult role models
Parent(s) and other adults in the child’s family, as well as nonfamily adults, model positive, responsible behavior.
- Positive peer influence
Child’s closest friends model positive, responsible behavior.
- High expectations
Parent(s) and teachers expect the child to do her or his best at school and in other activities.
- Creative activities
Child participates in music, art, drama, or creative writing two or more times per week.
- Child programs
Child participates two or more times per week in co curricular school activities or structured community programs for children..
- Religious community
Child attends religious programs or services one or more times per week.
- Time at home
Child spends some time most days both in high-quality interaction with parents and doing things at home other than watching TV or playing video games.
- Achievement Motivation
Child is motivated and strives to do well in school.
- Learning Engagement
Child is responsive, attentive, and actively engaged in learning at school and enjoys participating in learning activities outside of school.
Child usually hands in homework on time.
- Bonding to school
Child cares about teachers and other adults at school.
- Reading for Pleasure
Child enjoys and engages in reading for fun most days of the week.
Parent(s) tell the child it is important to help other people.
- Equality and social justice
Parent(s) tell the child it is important to speak up for equal rights for all people.
Parent(s) tell the child it is important to stand up for one’s beliefs.
Parent(s) tell the child it is important to tell the truth.
Parent(s) tell the child it is important to accept personal responsibility for behavior.
- Healthy Lifestyle
Parent(s) tell the child it is important to have good health habits and an understanding of healthy sexuality.
- Planning and decision making
Child thinks about decisions and is usually happy with results of her or his decisions.
- Interpersonal Competence
Child cares about and is affected by other people’s feelings, enjoys making friends, and, when frustrated or angry, tries to calm her/ himself.
- Cultural Competence
Child knows and is comfortable with people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and with her or his own cultural identity.
- Resistance skills
Child can stay away from people who are likely to get her or him in trouble and is able to say no to doing wrong or dangerous things.
- Peaceful conflict resolution
Child seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
- Personal power
Child feels he or she has some influence over things that happen in her or his life.
Child likes and is proud to be the person that he or she is.
- Sense of purpose
Child sometimes thinks about what life means and whether there is a purpose for her or his life.
- Positive view of personal future
Child is optimistic about her or his personal future.
Boundaries & Expectations
Constructive Use of Time
Commitment to Learning
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