The Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of development for adolescents to grow up healthy, caring and responsible. Below you can view the assets list as well as complete the checklist and reflect on the assets adolescents experience.

The assets are divided into eight categories:

Support—Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, appreciate, and accept them. They need to spend time in places where people care about them.

Empowerment—Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected.

Boundaries and Expectations—Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences, and encouragement to always do their best.

Constructive Use of Time—Young people need opportunities outside of school to enjoy themselves, develop new skills, and build positive relationships with other youth and adults.

Commitment to Learning—Young people need a commitment to the lasting importance of learning and a belief in their own abilities.

Positive Values— Young people need to develop strong guiding values or principles to help them make healthy, faithful, and moral life choices.

Social Competencies—Young people need the skills to build positive relationships, put their values into action, and cope with new situations.

Positive Identity—Young people need a sense of their self-worth, power, purpose, and promise.



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