2 Big question in parenting What do children and young people need to succeed in school, in work, as future parents, as community members, or in life as a whole ?
3 What are developmental Assets? building blocks of healthy development that all of us have the power to bring into the lives of children and teenagersSearch Institute has identified 40 of these building blocks (assets)
4 These assets are Powerful The more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in high-risk behaviors (using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other illicit drugs)
7 Promoting Positive Attitudes and Behavious Developmental assets play a significant role in students’ academic achievementhigher current asset levels, the higher their current GPAmore assets students reported, the higher GPA 3 yrs. later.more important than demographic factors (gender, family composition, socioeconomic status, or race/ethnicity)
10 40 Developmental Assets (Externals) SupportsFamily supportPositive family communicationOther adult relationshipsCaring neighborhoodCaring school climateParent involvement in schooling
11 40 Developmental Assets (Externals) EmpowermentCommunity value young peopleGiven useful roles in communityGiven opportunity to serve 1 hr. or more a weekFeel safe at home, school, and in neighborhood.
12 40 Developmental Assets (Externals) Boundaries and ExpectationsFamily has clear rules and consequencesSchool has clear rules and consequencesNeighborhood monitor young people behaviorsGood adults role modelsBest friend models responsible behaviorHigh expectations from parents and teachers
13 40 Developmental Assets (Externals) Constructive use of timeEngage in creative activities 3 or more hours / weekSpend 3 or more hours /week in community relationshipsSpend 1 or more hours /week in a religious communitySpend 2 or less nights/week hang outs
14 40 Developmental Assets (Internals) Commitment in learninghas motivation to do well in schoolactively engaged in learningdo homework at least 1 hr./weekproud and care about his schoolread for pleasure 3 or more hours/week
15 40 Developmental Assets (Internals) Positive character traitsCaring and helping other peopleEquality and social justice (e.g. reducing poverty)Integrity (stand up for his principles and beliefs)Honesty (tell the truth when it is not easy)Responsibility (accepts and take personal responsibility)Self discipline (restraint of desires and urges)
16 40 Developmental Assets (Internals) Social competenciesKnow how to plan ahead and make choicesHas empathy, sensitivity and friendship skillsComfortable with people of other cultural/racial backgroundAble to resist negative peer pressureAble to resolve conflicts non-violently
17 40 Developmental Assets (Internals) Positive Self Identity“ I have a choice”“ I feel good about myself”“ My life has a purpose”“ I have a great future”
18 Level of Assets in American Youth Among 150,000 6th to 12th grade youth in 202 communities across USA , 2003Grade Grade Gender6th th Female 19.97th th Male8th th 17.89th 17.7
19 Gap in assets among youth While there is no magic number of assets young people should have, but the data indicates that 31 is a worthy benchmark for experiencing their positive effects most strongly.
20 Where do I start? Building strong families Involving in school Maximizing the benefits of a faith community
21 Where do I start? There is one asset that links to 20-25 assets Faith Community