Youth Development

Developmental Assets and Developmental Relationships

Studies have shown that for students to be healthy and succesful they need to possess internal character qualities such as honesty, integrity, and responsibility.  Students also need opportunities to serve others, particpate in creative activities, and receive support from their community including teachers, coaches, pastors, and neighbors.  These can be referred to as Developmental Assets.

Students also need strong intentional mentor-like relationshps with adults in their lives, which can be referred to as Developmental Relationships.  Having these supportive relationships can help youth overcome difficulties in their lives and increase their Developmental Assets.

Students who do not have positive character qualities or support from adults are oten at risk of using drugs, taking part in violence, or committing crimes.  They are also at an increased risk of developing mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders or suicide attempts.

To learn more download the documents below or visit the Resources page, or the Search Institute.

Developmental Assets for Adolescents Ages 12-18
40 Elementos Fundamentals del Desarrollo 12-18
Developmental Relationships Framework