| Boundaries & Expectations  | Support  | Empowerment  | Constructive Use of Time  | Commitment to Learning  | Positive Values  | Social Competencies  | Positive Identity 

based on research from the Search Institute  -  www.search-institute.org/assets/forty/htm

"Through extensive research, Search Institute has identified the following 40 building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible."
click on the tabs above for ideas on how to build assets in young people
(the tab links are slowly being updated so not all will have information at this time)

External Assets
(assets young people get from others)
Internal Assets
(assets young people build within themselves)
Commitment to Learning
1.  Family Support  -  family provides love and support 
21.  Achievement Motivation  -  student is motivated to do well in school
2.  Positive Family Communication  -  student can and will talk to parents      
22.  School Engagement  -  student is actively engaged in learning
3.  Other Adult Relationships  -  student receive support from 3 or more nonparent
23.  Homework  -  student reports doing minimum 1 hour of homework/day
4.  Caring Neighbourhood  -  student has caring neighbours
24.  Bonding in School  -  student cares about his/her school
5.  Caring School Climate  -  school provides caring environment
25.  Reading for Pleasure  -  student reads for pleasure 3 or more hours/week
6.  Parent Involvement in School  -  parents help student with school
Positive Values
7.  Community Values Youth  -  community cares about youth      
26.  Caring  -  student considers caring as important
8.  Youth as Resources  -  community gives youth various roles
27.  Equality & Social Justice  -  student promotes justice in the world
9.  Service to Others  -  student volunteers at least 1 hour/week
28.  Integrity  -  student has and acts on his/her beliefs
10.  Safety  -  students feels safe at home, school and neighbourhood
29.  Honesty  -  student tells the truth, even when it's not easy
30.  Responsibility  -  student accepts and takes responsibility
31.  Restraint  -  student believes they should not be sexually active or use alcohol                  or other drugs
Boundaries & Expectations
Social Competencies
11.  Family Boundaries  -  family has clear rules and consequences and monitors
                                     student's activities
32.  Planning & Decision Making  -  student can plan ahead and make choices
12.  School Boundaries  -  school has clear rules and consequences      
33.  Interpersonal Competence  -  student has empath, sensitivity and friendship
13.  Neighbourhood Boundaries  -  neighbours monitor student's behaviours
34.  Cultural Competence  -  student has knowledge of and respects other cultures
14.  Adult Role Models  -  adults model positive, responsible behaviour 
35.  Resistance Skills  -  student can resist negative pressures and influences
15.  Positive Peer Influence  -  friends model positive, responsible behaviour
36.  Peaceful Conflict Resolution  -  student can resolve conflict nonviolently
16.  High Expectations  -  student is encouraged to do well in various activities
Constructive Use of Time
Positive Identity
17.  Creative Activities  -  student spends 3+ hours/week on arts activities
37.  Personal Power  -  student feels he/she can control things that happen to them
18.  Youth Programs  -  student spends 3+ hours/week in sports, clubs or other
                                   school/community organizations
38.  Self-esteem  -  student has high self-esteem
19.  Religious Community  -  student spends 1+ hours/week in religious activities
39.  Sense of Purpose  -  student feels he/she has a purpose in life
20.  Time at Home  -  student is out with friends with "nothing to do" only 2 or less
40.  Positive View of Personal Future  -  student is optimistic about his/her future