Project RISE

Project RISE


Project Background

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 Focus

The overarching goal of Project RISE has always been to help develop and promote an environment that provides youth with the necessary tools to become resilient, happy, contributing members of our community and of a global society. Throughout the years, IVROP has been able to create this environment by transforming into a Developmental Assets/Relationship (DA/DR) focused organization. Nonetheless, the pandemic’s lingering effects brought about several changes to our organization and community. With its devastating effects, it also highlighted the importance of social-emotional skills and continuing RISE’s efforts to support youth and provide them with tools to help them become resilient, resourceful, and ready for the post-pandemic world. 

To ensure all staff is adequately prepared to support the youth and community we work with, Project RISE will provide DA and DR professional development opportunities to all IVROP staff and management to continue embedding DA in IVROP program activities and services. 

Targeted Population

Imperial Valley Community


Goal 1: Continue to build IVROP capacity through Developmental Asset/Relationship aligned professional development opportunities that provide staff with tools to be able to build Developmental Relationships that allow them to provide students and participants with the social-emotional and life skills positive values they need to make good choices, be resilient and successful in the post-pandemic word. 

Goal 2: Ongoing support and evaluation of DA/DR aligned services and activities to support sustainability beyond Vesper funding.


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

Length of Funding

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program was awarded the Developmental Assets funding in October 2014. 

Additional Links

Da Evolution Summary 2014-2019

Search Institute


Contact Info

Adriana Hernandez 
Educational Services Coordinator
687 State Street
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 482-2626

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