Instant Assets

40 Developmental Assets

The Search Institute has developed a list of 40 assets that our children need in order to be successful.  The assets are grouped into internal and external assets.  The internal set are those that  a child may develop using the skills he/she posesses internally.  For example, asset # 21 suggests that a child is motivated to do well in school.    The external set are ones that may  be influenced by other factors. Asset #11 states that the family has set clear boundaries and expectations and monitors a child's whereabouts.

Research has shown that the more assets a child has, the more likely he/she is to be successful.  Furthermore, the children with fewer assets (0-10) are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors such as alcohol use, violence, illicit drug use and sexual activity.

As the year progresses,  I will be helping our families learn more about the 40 Assets.

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