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What children & youth need to succeed!

The Developmental Assets framework was first developed by the USA-based Search Institute which conducted extensive research on behaviours, attitudes and experiences of more than two million youth across North America over a period of nearly 20 years. The results pointed to 40 protective factors—Developmental Assets—that are key to healthy development.

The Developmental Assets are defined as positive experiences, qualities, behaviours and characteristics that youth and children need in order to grow up to become healthy and successful adults.   

The 40 Developmental Assets are divided into two groups (internal and external assets) with eight subcategories:

Internal Assets:

  • Support
  • Empowerment
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Constructive use of time

External Assets:

  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies
  • Positive identity
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