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Developmental Assets

As stated in the required resources for this week, the Search Institute has identified 40 Developmental Assets or "building blocks" of healthy development for young people. These have been broken down in to eight broad categories, and then identified as external or internal values.

First, using the US Census Bureau's American Fact Finder (, Pew Research Center (, and the National Center for Education Statistics ( websites, write a short descriptive narrative that identifies the general demographic characteristics of your community based on the latest census. Include items such as average income, household size, and other interesting facts that help paint an accurate picture of your community and schools in relation to the 40 Developmental Assets.

Next, create a table that identifies the eight categories of human development, summarizes the importance of the asset to the development of all youth, and identify at least one existing organization or support model in your community where students can experience this asset. Post your narrative and table in your initial post.

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The eight categories of developmental assets are (1):

External Assets:


1. Family support—Family life provides high levels of love and support.

2. Positive family communication—Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.

3. Other adult relationships—Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.

4. Caring neighborhood—Young person experiences caring neighbors.

5. Caring school climate—School provides a caring, encouraging environment.

6. Parent involvement in schooling—Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.


7. Community values youth—Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.

8. Youth as resources—Young people are given useful roles in the community.

9. Service to others—Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.

10. Safety—Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.

Boundaries & E xpectations

11. Family boundaries—Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person's whereabouts.

12. School ...

Solution Summary

Discusses the 40 developmental assets and eight categories of human development of all youth, as well as organizational support in communities.