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40 Developmental Assets

Do you ever wonder why some kids seem to grow up with ease while others struggle?
Are you surprised that some kids thrive in spite of difficult circumstances?
Through studies involving hundreds of thousands of young people across North America,  Search Institute of Minnesota has found 40 factors that are essential to young people‚Äôs success. They call these 40 factors "Developmental Assets".  They are traits such as skills, relationships, values, and self-perceptions.

External Categories are relationships and opportunities that young people experience in their families, schools and communities (things that other people provide for youth)

  • Support
  • Empowerment
  • Boundaries & Expectations
  • Constructive Use of Time

Internal Categories are skills and values that youth develop within themselves to guide behaviours and choices:

  • Commitment to Learning
  • Positive Values
  • Social Competencies
  • Positive Identity
The more Developmental Assets young people have, the more successful they become.  They have more school and relationship success, live healthier lifestyles and make better choices.

Search Institute has found that young people average only 18.6 of the 40 Developmental Assets.

Connect with the Lethbridge Asset Builders through Social Media at:

The City of Lethbridge has committed resources to increasing the assets of young people through the work of a Lethbridge Asset Builders, formerly known as Community Developmental Assets Collaboration (CDAC).  The City has partnered with other human service organizations and are working together to engage and support the community in building resiliency for people of all ages.

Watch for workshops, information and projects designed to increase Developmental Assets in Lethbridge's younger citizens.

To get you started, here are some great links and resources that are also available in the documents section: