In an effort to identify the elements of a strength-based approach to healthy development, Search Institute developed the framework of developmental assets.

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Kids need a community of people surrounding them, encouraging them and connecting with them to build a strong sense of self worth and determination.

This framework identifies 40 critical factors for young people’s growth and development. When drawn together, the assets offer a set of benchmarks for positive child and adolescent development. The assets clearly show important roles that families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, youth organizations, and others in communities play in shaping young people’s lives.

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