Positive Youth Devel

“Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. The Developmental Asset framework is categorized into two groups of 20 assets.”

External assets are the positive experiences young people receive from the world around them. External assets identify important roles that families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, and youth organizations can play in promoting healthy development.
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.

Search Institute has synthesized the findings into appropriate sets of assets for early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. The institute continues its long-term research efforts to refine, measure, and test the asset frameworks for children of all ages.

The Developmental Assets can be viewed in other languages including Hmong, Spanish, and Chinese, fromĀ Here.