External Development Assets

Asset Type
        Asset Name and Definition





Family support:
Family life provides high levels of love and support

Positive family communication:
Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s)

Other adult relationships:
Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults

Caring neighborhood:
Young person experiences caring neighbors

Caring school climate:
School provides a caring, encouraging environment

Parental involvement in schooling:
Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.


Community values youth:
Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth

Youth as resources:
Young people are given useful roles in the community

Service to others:
Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week

Young person feels safe at home, at school and in the neighborhood.

Constructive Use of Time
        Creative activities:
Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice of music, theater or other arts

Youth programs:
Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations

Religious community:
Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution

Time at home:
Young person is out with friends "with nothing special to do" two or fewer nights per week.

External Developmental Assets
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