What are Assets? The Developmental Assets® are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. APCYF wants everyone to be fluent in the language of assets. Learn more…
Building Developmental Assets can be done on an individual or family level, in a youth-serving organization, or across the community.
Below are a variety of resources that you can use to further understand what Developmental Assets are, and how you can spread the word to others to join your efforts. If you have resources you would like to add, or if something is missing, let us know!
Assets for an Individual or family
- Connect with kids: Smile and say hello to young people you meet
- Ask their opinions or ask them to help you
- Listen to them – WITHOUT judgment
- Include them in making choices and decisions. Give them a VOICE in your family, your organization, your COMMUNITY
- Tell them how much you enjoy being with them
Check out this quick slideshow (12 slides) about Developmental Assets. It provides an overview and how we can shift our thinking to help more young people have and build Developmental Assets.
Curious how many Assets you or your child has? Do this quick, simple (and basic) Asset Checklist
Want to know more about your child? Here are a few ways to get a conversation started.
Or read this longer article on How to have meaningful conversations with youth
Sparking Creativity and Excitement – TEDx talk by Peter Benson. This powerful 19-minute TEDx Talk by Peter Benson shares research on youth and how they can thrive based on their ‘spark’ or interests; it is still very relevant despite being recorded in 2011.
Want to know more about ‘Sparks’ in your child? Use these Sparks Questions to guide the conversation.
Assets in a Youth-Serving Organization
Adults can help to build Assets however and wherever they interact with young people.
Do you coach? Here are some tips for Coaches as Asset Builders.
Want your program to be more Asset-based? Programs through an Assets Lens
Want to spread the message of Developmental Assets?
Scripts – Pick the time you have to present and customize your talk:
Messages for Different Audiences:
Handouts (Links to separate page with helpful materials to print and use)
How-Tos from “Creating a Positive After-school Climate“
How to use positive behavior management
How to give youth opportunities for choice
How to form caring relationships with young people
How to create a student advisory group
How-Tos from “Pass It On” by Search Institute
Fostering Youth-Led Service Learning
Asset Building Difference
Asset-Building Checklist for Your Organization
Building Assets for Hard-to-Reach Kids
Asset-Building Days, Weeks, and Months to Celebrate
50 ways to show kids you care
What makes me a leader
Positive Power Words for parents & program staff
99 ways to tell a student they did something great
This page has links to other sites with additional information for you to use.
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