The Search Institute released a framework of Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Data collected from Search Institute survey of more than 5 million children and youth from all backgrounds and situations has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and society.
Kelly Felton, West Central Regional Prevention Coordinator, recently presented information on the 40 Developmental Assets to SACK coalition members, community members, school professionals and other area prevention specialists. Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing some tidbits from her training session.
Everyone’s an Asset Builder is designed to inform individuals about the Developmental Assets framework and motivates them to be effective asset builders.
Developmental Assets training is a framework. It consists of External Assets and Internal Assets.
External asset categories:
- Support. Support them with love, care and attention.
- Empower. Empower them with opportunities to make a difference in their family and community.
- Boundaries. Establish clear boundaries and set higher expectations.
- Engage/Construct. Help them find activities they can engage themselves in that make constructive use of their time.
Internal asset categories:
- Nurture: Nurture their commitment to learning.
- Positive Values: Instill positive values to guide them.
- Social Competencies. Help them develop skills and social competencies.
- Celebrate: Nurture and celebrate their positive identity.
Within these categories there are 40 ways ANYONE can be an asset builder. Let’s start with the first five under SUPPORT:
- Show courtesy to family members in public and at home.
- Invite caring, responsible adults to be part of your children’s lives.
- Vow to say one encouraging thing to someone each day!
- Encourage passions and interests in others.
- Volunteer to be a mentor for a young person
Be intentional. Be an Asset Builder.
Next week we’ll look at Empowerment!