Developmental Assets

Building Blocks of a Healthy Child & Youth

The Developmental Assets® are 40 research-based, positive experiences, and qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. The first 20 assets focus on positive experiences that children and young people receive from the people and socializing systems in their everyday lives. The additional 20 assets are those things that a community and family nurture within children and youth so that they can contribute to their personal development.

Over time, studies of more than 5 million young people consistently show that the more assets that young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive.

Research shows that youth with the most assets are least likely to have problems with: Alcohol use, Violence, Illicit drug use, Sexual activity

Research shows that youth with the most assets are more likely to: Do well in school, Be civically engaged, Value diversity

There are four categories of external assets: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time. There are four categories of internal assets: commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity.