40 Developmental Assets

What are developmental assets?

  • Developmental assets are the positive experiences that all children need in order to reach their full potential.
  • Studies of more than 2.2 million young people consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviours and the more likely they are to thrive.

About Development Assets®

  • There are 40 assets(external link) in total.
  • These assets are divided into two categories:
      1. External assets are developed when children feel connected to others; in their home, at school, in their neighbourhood and community. The first four external asset categories include:
        • Support
        • Empowerment
        • Boundaries and Expectations
        • Constructive Use of Time
      2. Internal assets are the values and skills that children develop and take up within themselves. The next four internal asset categories include:
        • Commitment to Learning
        • Positive Values
        • Social Competencies
        • Positive Identity

Download the 40 Developmental Assets PDF’s below:

Click here to download 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (ages 12-18)

Click here to download 40 Developmental Assets for Middle Childhood (ages 8-12)

Click here to download 40 Developmental Assets for Grades K–3 (ages 5-9)

Click here to download 40 Developmental Assets for Early Childhood (ages 3-5)