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Developmental assets are the positive values, relationships, skills and experiences that help you thrive, and empower you to make healthy choices throughout your life. The Developmental Assets below are 40 research-based, positive qualities that can influence your development, help you grow into caring, responsible, and productive adults. These assets:

  • Increase in value over time
  • Provide a sense of security
  • Equip you with resources upon which to draw from again and again
  • Aid you in making wise decisions and choosing positive paths

 

The more assets that you have in your life, the more likely you are to thrive! Read through the list of positive assets below, and as you are doing this, think about the positive assets that you already have in your life.

 

 

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SUPPORT

  1. Family Support| Family life provides high levels of love and support.
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  2. Positive Family Communication| Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.
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  3. Other Adult Relationships| Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.
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  4. Caring Neighborhood| Young person experiences caring neighbors.
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  5. Caring School Climate| School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
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  6. Parent Involvement in Schooling| Parent(s) are actively involved in helping the child succeed in school.

 

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EMPOWERMENT

  1. Community Values Youth| Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
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  2. Youth as Resources| Young people are given useful roles in the community.
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  3. Service to Others| Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
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  4. Safety| Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION

 

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BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS

  1. Family Boundaries| Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
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  2. School Boundaries| School provides clear rules and consequences.
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  3. Neighborhood Boundaries| Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  4. Adult Role Models| Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  5. Positive Peer Influence| Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  6. High Expectations| Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.

 

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CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME

  1. Creative Activities| Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
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  2. Youth Programs| Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.
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  4. Religious Community| Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.
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  5. Time at Home| Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.
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INTERNAL ASSETS

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COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

  1. Achievement Motivation| Young person is motivated to do well in school.
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  2. School Engagement | Young person is actively engaged in learning.
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  3. Homework| Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  4. Bonding to School| Young person cares about her or his school.
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  5. Reading for Pleasure| Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
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POSITIVE VALUES

  1. Caring | Young Person places high value on helping other people.
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  2. Equality and Social Justice| Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  3. Integrity| Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  4. Honesty| Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  5. Responsibility| Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
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  6. Restraint| Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION

 

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SOCIAL COMPETENCIES

  1. Planning and Decision Making| Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
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  2. Interpersonal Competence| Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
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  3. Cultural Competence| Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
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  4. Resistance Skills| Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  5. Peaceful Conflict Resolution | Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION

 

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POSITIVE IDENTITY

  1. Personal Power| Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”
    SHOW ME HOW TO TAKE ACTION
  2. Self-Esteem| Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
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  3. Sense of Purpose| Young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”
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  4. Positive View of Personal Future| Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.
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