The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.

Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. Because of its basis in research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become the single most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.

The Power of Assets

Studies of more than 2.2 million young people in the United States consistently show that the more assets 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. Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity. Furthermore, levels of Assets are better predictors of high-risk involvement and thriving than poverty or being from a single-parent family.


Be An Asset Builder

The framework of Developmental Assets invites everyone in a family and community to be an Asset Builder for and with children and youth.

  • Parents and Other Caring Adults
  • Educators
  • Youth-Serving Professionals and Organizations
  • Faith Community Leaders and Members
  • Community Leaders and Members

Use the Developmental Assets in your everyday life to help raise healthy youth. Click Here For A List Of The 40 Developmental Assets Provided By Search Institute.