40 Developmental Assets® – Search Institute
The Developmental Assets®
The Developmental Assets® are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world. The framework has been adapted to be developmentally relevant from early childhood through adolescence.
Who needs them? Why are they important?
Over time, studies of more than 4 million young people consistently show that the more assets that young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. Research shows that youth with the most assets are least likely to engage in four different patterns of high-risk behavior, including problem alcohol use, violence, illicit drug use, and sexual activity. When they have higher levels of assets, they are more likely to do well in school, be civically engaged, and value diversity.
ANYONE CAN BUILD ASSETS
- PROVIDE SUPPORT
- EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE
- SET BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS
- PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF TIME
- SUPPORT COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
- MODEL POSITIVE VALUES
- BUILD SOCIALCOMPETENCIES
- INFLUENCE POSITIVE IDENTITY
Botvin LifeSkills Training
The Champaign County Drug Free Youth Coalition have trained staff who provide the Botvin LifeSkills Training curriculum in local school districts and with community youth serving organizations. LifeSkills Training is an evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program. Studies testing the effectiveness of this program consistently show a reduction of youth substance abuse rates of up to 80%. Curriculum can be delivered in 30-75 minute increments and covers the following topics:
- Self Image and Self Improvement
- Making Decisions
- Smoking: Myths and Realities
- Smoking and Biofeedback: The Effects of Tobacco and Smoking
- Alcohol: Myths and Realities
- Marijuana: Myths and Realities
- Violence and the Media
- Coping with Anxiety
- Coping with Anger
- Communication Skills
- Social Skills
- Assertiveness: Verbal Assertiveness Skills
- Resolving Conflicts
Pax Good Behavior Game
The Pax Good Behavior Game (Pax GBG for Short), is utilized in classroom settings to demonstrate to children that adults care about them in school, at home, and in the community. Children are the heroes of making the world better.
Pax teaches children to self-regulate, work together on common goals and to focus on a positive future they co-create with others. These are core cognitive emotional and behavioral skills required for peaceful productive and happy lives.
Pax is not a curriculum or behavioral management program, but rather classroom strategies that improve behavior and academics.