Developmental Assets

Developmental Assets

Project Description

Developmental Assets are the positive values, relationships, and experiences that help bring out the best in children and teenagers.  Developmental Assets are building blocks of healthy, development that are essential for youth’s successful growth. Research by the Search Institute has identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities, called Developmental Assets, which have considerable influence on young people’s lives.  The assets are grouped in eight categories: Support, Empowerment, Boundaries and Expectations, Constructive Use of Time, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies, and Positive Identity.  

Data collected from Search Institute surveys of over 4 million youth from all backgrounds and situations have continually shown that the more Developmental Assets youth gain, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, contributing members of their community. 

Project Goal

The goal of this pilot project is to build and work with community networks to use Developmental Assets findings as a foundation for measuring and monitoring skills and resources that initiate efforts to improve youth’s readiness for life after high school.

Targeted Population

High School students from Central Union High School, Southwest High School and Brawley Union High School attending grade 9.
Project Outcomes

  • Activate schools, social services, health care organizations, as well as businesses in the Imperial County in order to create an asset building culture that will contribute to the educational development of young people.  
  • Invigorate existing IVROP Family Stabilization programs by expanding and enhancing them to become more Developmental Assets rich. 
  • Influence civic decision by working with decision makers and opinion leaders to leverage financial, media, and policy resources in support of this positive transformation of the Imperial County.   

Funder

Funding for the project is possible by the generous support of the Vesper Society.

Length of Funding

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP) was awarded the Developmental Assets funding in October 2014. The program is currently funded through June 2016.

Additional Links

Search Institute

VesperSociety

Contact Info
For additional information regarding Developmental Assets please contact Fernando Calderon, Project Specialist, at (760) 482-2622 or fcalderon@ivrop.org

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