Asset of the Month
Asset of the Month
"Why do some kids grow up with ease, while others struggle?
Why do some kids get involved in dangerous activities
while others spend their time contributing to society?
Why do some youth 'beat the odds' in difficult situations,
while others get trapped?"
a result of recent tragedies involving youth throughout
the United States, there is renewed interest in the well
being of youth and families. To that end, the Minneapolis-based
Search Institute has identified 40 developmental
assets that have a great influence on young people's
lives. These 40 developmental assets are concrete positive
experiences and qualities, which are essential to building
strong, healthy lives. Many parents and families currently
support these assets without consciously thinking about
them. These assets are things that everyone can help
to nurture young people.
40 developmental assets are grouped into eight categories,
four of which contain external assets. This means that
the assets in these categories come from outside our
children and youth - from us, from other people, from
the community, and from institutions such as schools
and youth groups. These assets provide support boundaries
and structure for children and youth to survive. The
remaining four categories (20 assets) are internal. These
assets support our youth from within and consist of such
things as commitments, attitudes, values, and skills.
Institute has surveyed almost 100,000 6th -
12th grade youth throughout the United States.
Their survey results indicate that the average young
person experiences only 18 of the 40 assets. National
percentages in the Asset Building
Calendar and on the Monthly Asset Pages refer to the percentage of those youth
surveyed by the Institute who indicated that they had
experienced a given asset. Lincoln-Way percentages on
these same pages refer to the percentage of our surveyed
population who also indicated that they had experienced
the given asset. The Institute concludes that the more
assets a young person experiences, the less likely he
or she will be to engage in unhealthy, dangerous and
immoral behavior. Whether nationally or locally, there
is a need to build these assets in our youth.
asset framework includes everyone, coordinated by the Team Asset Committee. Families, schools, neighborhoods,
the religious community, organizations, institutions and community members
can play an active role in asset building. In the Lincoln-Way
community, this initiative was launched in the spring
of 2000. Included are the Frankfort
Youth Commission, the Mokena
Youth Commission, the elementary
school districts, Lincoln-Way High School and many
area congregations. For each of the next forty months we will
be emphasizing one of the forty assets identified.
External Asset Categories
Internal Asset Categories
Boundaries and Expectations
Constructive Use of Time
Commitment to Learning