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How the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets can inform our mentoring work:
The 40 developmental assets are recognized as critical factors for young people's growth and development. They offer a set of benchmarks for positive child and adolescent development into adulthood. A mentor can influence the development of these assets.
The Search Institute research found that these 40 developmental assets are
powerful influences on children’s behavior—both protecting young people from
many different problem behaviors and promoting positive attitudes and
behaviors. This evidence is demonstrated across all cultural and socioeconomic
groups of youth. Unfortunately, too few young people experience enough of these
assets for them to develop into healthy adults. According to the Search
Institute research, the average young person surveyed experiences only 18 of
the 40 assets, and overall, 62 percent of young people surveyed experience
fewer than 20 of the assets.
Click here to view our 40 Developmental Assets training manual.