40 Developmental Assets®

The 40 Developmental Assets® framework was created by Search Institute® consisting of preventative measures, positive experiences, and qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. These assets are protective factors that have been consistently shown, by research, to buffer youth from risk. The more assets a child has the higher probability that child will not be involved in behaviors such as: teen pregnancy, school dropout, substance abuse, delinquency or violence.

External Assets

Constructive Use of Time Constructive Use of Time (4 assets)

17. Creative Activities

Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

18. Youth Programs

Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.

19. Religious Community

Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.

20. Time at Home

Young person is out with friends with "with nothing special to do" two or fewer nights per week.
   

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Developmental Assets® are positive factors within young people, families, communities, schools, and other settings that research has found to be important in promoting the healthy development of young people. FromInstant Assets: 52 Short and Simple E-Mails for Sharing the Asset Message. Copyright © 2007 by Search Institute®, 877-240-7251; www.search-institute.org. This message may be reproduced for educational, noncommercial uses only (with this copyright line). All rights reserved.