Do you ever wonder why some kids seem to grow up with ease while others struggle? Are you surprised that some kids thrive in spite of difficult circumstances? Search Institute is a nonprofit research organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that has been asking these same questions since 1958. Through studies involving hundreds of thousands of young people across the country, Search Institute has found 40 factors that are essential to young people’s success. They call these 40 fac- tors Developmental Assets. These assets aren’t financial. Instead, they are oppor- tunities, skills, relationships, values, and self-perceptions that all young people need in their lives.
The assets are both external (things that other people provide for youth) and internal (things that young people develop within themselves). Watch this video:
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