Introduction of 40 Developmental Assets to Our School
The eight asset categories Search Institute has found crucial in helping young people grow up healthy include:
- Planning into Action: Young people need to know how to plan ahead and make choices
- Support: Young people need to be surrounded by people, who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them.
- Empowerment: Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected.
- Boundaries and Expectations: Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best.
- Constructive Use of Time: Young people need opportunities-outside of school-to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults.
- Commitment to Learning: Young people need a sense of the lasting importance of learning and a belief in their own abilities.
- Positive Values: Young people need to develop strong guiding values to help them make healthy life choices.
- Social Competencies: Young people need the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations.
- Positive Identity: Young people need to believe in their own self-worth and to feel they have control over the things that happen to them.
Each of these categories involves several specific assets that help young people grow up healthy. We are excited to be developing a framework to help our students start to build their own assets. Watch our school newsletter and our website under the Parent Info tab to see which of the 40 developmental Assets we are working on.
Want to know more about the 40 Developmental Assets and ideas for helping young people build them?