Developmental Assets® are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based on youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be an effective approach to positive youth development.
Over time, studies of more than 4 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 engage in four different patterns of high-risk behavior, including problem alcohol use, violence, illicit drug use and sexual activity. When they have higher levels of assets, they are more likely to do well in school, be civically engaged and value diversity.
As a parent, you’re probably asking yourself “where do I begin?” Start by downloading the age-appropriate list of Developmental Assets below:
- 40 Developmental Assets for Early Childhood (Ages 3-5)
- 40 Developmental Assets for Children Grades K-3 (Ages 5-9)
- 40 Developmental Assets for Middle Childhood (Ages 8-12)
- 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (Ages 12-18)
Then involve your child in any of the asset-building programs offered by organizations throughout Midland, which can be found by searching our Youth Asset Builder database.