40 Developmental Assests

CULTIVATING THE 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS

Research by Search Institute has identified 40 Developmental Assets (concrete, positive experiences and qualities) that have a tremendous influence on children’s lives.

These assets are the building blocks to healthy child development and fall into eight categories.

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EIGHT CATEGORIES OF THE 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS

SUPPORT
from family, adults, caring neighbors and school climate that emphasizes strong parental involvement.

CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME
such as pursuing creative activities, youth sports, religious community, and spending quality time at.

SOCIAL COMPETENCIES
that range from planning and decision-making to interpersonal competence, from resistance skills to peaceful conflict resolution.

COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
through achievement motivation, school engagement, homework support, and encouraging reading for pleasure


 

EMPOWERMENT
throughout the community that values youth and emphasizes service to others, while keeping young people feeling safe in their community at home.

BOUNDARIES & EXPECTATIONS
from family, schools and neighborhood while having access to adult role models, positive peer influence and high expectations from parents and teachers

POSITIVE IDENTITY
that enables youth to develop personal power, strong self-esteem, a true sense of purpose and a positive view of their future

POSITIVE VALUES
including caring, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty, responsibility and restraint.

The Y’s Education Initiative cultivates these assets over the course of a child’s life—from the moment they first begin to explore their world in preschool, to the day they are beginning to prepare for the future.

EARLY CHILDHOOD (Ages: Infancy-5)

Support
Empowerment
Boundaries & Expectations
Commitment to Learning

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Ages: 11-14)

Support
Empowerment
Constructive Use of Time
Commitment to Learning
Positive Values
Social Competencies

NORTHLAKE PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL (Ages: 4-11)

Support
Empowerment
Commitment to Learning
Positive Values
Social Competencies

CAMPS (Ages: 7-18)

Support
Empowerment
Commitment to Learning
Positive Values
Social Competencies

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Ages: 5-11)

Support
Empowerment
Constructive Use of Time
Commitment to Learning
Positive Values
Social Competencies

TEEN ACHIEVERS (Ages: 11-18)

Support
Empowerment
Constructive Use of Time
Commitment to Learning
Positive Identity