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What are Developmental Assets?
Developmental assets are the 40 essential building blocks children need to grow into healthy, successful adults. These building blocks have tremendous power to protect youth from many different harmful or unhealthy choices, including:
getting involved in violence
illicit drug use or tobacco use
problem alcohol use
early sexual activity
The Developmental Assets movement was pioneered by YMCA of the USA and the Search Institute, a nonprofit think tank that has conducted research for over 50 years and has surveyed millions of youth across the country. Their findings are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful, healthy young people. The Old Colony YMCA incorporates asset building into everything we do!
Here are some tips to help you build assets in the children and teens you encounter in your life:
Listen with more than just one ear...fully engage in the conversation
Repeat your positive thoughts about them...send your praise via phone call, email, text message or note
Be consistent with your messages regarding boundaries, structure, and schedules
Share your interests with them...art, sports, hobbies, reading, music, poetry, etc.
Model the behaviors you want to see...manners, language, work ethic etc.
Feed their enthusiasm and give them energy, clarity, and focus
Have questions about Developmental Assets?
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:
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The Search Institute:
Massachusetts Childrens Trust Fund:
One Tough Job:
OCY Child Care Site:
OCY Social Service Programs: