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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Developmental Assets

The underdog story fascinates me.  How does the young woman, against all odds, become a doctor or a teacher?  How does the abandoned, abused child grow up to love and provide for others?

I am not alone in my fascination.  There have been studies of more than 2.2 million young people to determine what qualities and experiences help young people become caring and responsible adults.  The results are broken down into 40 Developmental Assets.

According to the Search Institute, “Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity, and are better predictors of high-risk involvement and thriving than poverty or being from a single-parent family.” 
Check out the research.

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