The Search Institute has created a list of assets that include important factors and reinforcements to help youth build self-confidence and healthy decision-making skills. These “developmental assets” can help to empower healthy, resilient and responsible individuals.
Research has shown time and again that the more of these assets a young person has, the more protections they have against participating in high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to do well in school and become successful adults.
The external assets include the categories such as support, empowerment, resiliency, boundaries and expectations and constructive use of time. Having at least one caring adult in their lives and a caring community are two external examples.
The internal asset categories are, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity. A sense of purpose and resiliency are two examples of internal assets.
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