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.
For more information, visit the Search Institute at www.search-institute.org.