40 Assets

Ways to Show Kids You Care #1:  Notice Them!

Fuller Meadow principal Diane Carreiro greets a 2nd grade student on the first day of school.

Fuller Meadow principal Diane Carreiro greets a 2nd grade student on the first day of school.

In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of 40 Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Over the following two decades, the Developmental Assets framework and approach to youth development became the most frequently cited and widely utilized in the world, creating what Stanford University’s William Damon described as a “sea change” in adolescent development.

Data collected from Search Institute surveys of more than 4 million children and youth from all backgrounds and situations has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and society.

Tri-Town Council has adopted this framework as the guiding principle in our work with youth and families in the community.

Assets in Action (read more)…

150 Ways to show kids you care

Top 50 Ways To Show Kids You Care

More info on the 40 Assets by age:

40 Assets List 3-5

40 Assets List 5-9

40 Assets List 8-12

40 Assets List 12 to 18