Developmental Assets List


Developmental assets are the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills that young people need to grow up to be caring and responsible.

Background:

Since 1989, Search Institute of Minneapolis has measured Developmental Assets in more than two million youths in communities across the United States. Based on the Developmental Assets framework that synthesized relevant research literature, Search Institute identified 40 developmental nutrients all youth need. These are common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people.

The Santa Clara County-based collaborative Project Cornerstone has been promoting Search Institute's Developmental Assets approach since 1998. Project Cornerstone added the 41st asset, "positive cultural identity", to the existing framework for internal assets. This new asset celebrates and deepens one's cultural identity, inclusive of ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Search Institute's research shows that youth need 31 or more of the 40 assets to thrive. Sunday Friends focuses on imparting 35 of the 40 developmental assets.

The 35 assets that we directly address in Sunday Friends are:

External Assets

SUPPORT


EMPOWERMENT


BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS

CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME

Family Support

Community
Values Youth
Family Boundaries

Creative Activities

Positive Family Communication Youth as Resources

Neighborhood Boundaries
Youth Programs

Other Adult Relationships Service to Others

Adult Role Models

 
Caring Neighborhood

Safety

Positive Peer Influence  
Parent Involvement in Schooling   High Expectations

 

Internal Assets

COMMITMENT
TO LEARNING
POSITIVE VALUES

SOCIAL COMPETENCIES POSITIVE IDENTITY
Achievement Motivation Caring

Planning and Decision Making
Personal Power

School Engagement

Equality and
Social Justice
Interpersonal Competence Self-Esteem

Reading for Pleasure

Integrity

Cultural Competence

Sense of Purpose

  Honesty

Resistance Skills

Positive View of Personal Future
  Responsibility

Peaceful Conflict Resolution
Positive Cultural Identity
  Restraint    


The six assets that we do not directly address are: Religious Community, Caring School Climate, School Boundaries, Time at Home, Homework, Bonding to School

We recommend that you visit Project Cornerstone for definitions and explanations of each of these developmental assets.