About Developmental Assets

In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of 40 skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviours that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Over the following decades, the Developmental Assets framework and approach became the most widely used approach to positive youth development in Canada. They are grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention.

Data collected from Search Institute surveys of more than 5 million children and youth from all backgrounds and situations has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and society.