Developing Assets for Life Success

IMG_4805by Kris Crews

Support goes a long way. Having someone encourage you and tell you that they believe in you is motivational, helping you see things in yourself that you didn’t before. The more we support people, the more of a positive influence that will be spread. The 40 Developmental Assets help us understand the importance of support and how we can change a young person’s life.

The Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults.

This support can come from a variety of sources. There are both external and internal assets. External assets are outside influences. Some examples are:

  1. Family support
  2. Positive family communication
  3. Other adult relationships
  4. Caring neighborhood
  5. Caring social climate
  6. Parent involvement in schooling
  7. Community values youth
  8. Youth as resources
  9. Service to others
  10. Safety

These external assets are powerful, but we haven’t forgotten about the internal values which are just as vital and important. The external assets set the tone and are the foundation of the beginning of that young person’s efforts, self-esteem, and set attitude.

Internal assets are ideals that focus on commitment to learning and positive values. Commitment to learning would include:

  1. Achievement motivation
  2. School engagement
  3. Homework
  4. Bonding to school
  5. Reading for pleasure

Positive values include:

  1. Kindness
  2. Care
  3. Honesty
  4. Integrity
  5. Responsibility
  6. Equality/ Social Justice

These developmental assets are important, and in 1girl we are always trying to teach the girls why it is important to develop these qualities. We know that these assets will help them in the long run, not just in school but in their personal lives as well. We want to inspire them to be well-rounded individuals who inspire others to do the same. Our program helps them develop some of these assets, but it truly takes a community to raise successful, happy, well-rounded girls!

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