Building Blocks of Youth Success
Search institute has identified the following 40 developmental assets of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.
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1. Family Support: Family life provides high levels of love and support.
2. Positive Family Communication: Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.
3. Other Adult Relationships: Young person receives support from three or more non-parent adults.
4. Caring Neighborhood: Young person experiences caring neighbors.
5. Caring School Climate: School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
6. Parent Involvement in Schooling: Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.
7. Community Values Youth: Young Person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
8. Youth as Resources: Young people are given useful roles in the community.
9. Service to Others: Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
10. Safety: Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.Boundaries and Expectations
11. Family Boundaries: Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
12. School Boundaries: School provides clear rules and consequences.
13. Neighborhood Boundaries: Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
14. Adult Role Models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
15. Positive Peer Influence: Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior.
16. High Expectations: Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
Constructive Use of Time
17. Creative Activities: Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
18. Youth Programs: Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.
19. Religious Community: Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.
20. Time at Home: Young person is out with friends “with nothing special to do” two or fewer nights per week.
Commitment to Learning
21. Achievement Motivation: Young person is motivated to do well in school.
22. School Engagement: Young person is actively engaged in learning.
23. Homework: Young person is actively engaged in learning.
24. Bonding to School: Young person cares about her or his school.
25. Reading for Pleasure: Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.Positive Values
26. Caring: Young person places high value on helping other people.
27. Equality and Social Justice: Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
28. Integrity: Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
29. Honesty: Young person “tells the truth even when it is not easy.”
30. Responsibility: Young person accepts ad takes personal responsibility.
31. Restraint: Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
32. Planning and Decision Making: Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
33. Interpersonal Competence: Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
34. Cultural Competence: Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
35. Resistance Skills: Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
36. Peaceful Conflict Resolution: Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
37. Personal Power: Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.”
38. Self-Esteem: Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
39. Sense of purpose: Young person reports that “my life has a purpose.”
40. Positive View of Personal Future: Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.