Internal Development Assets

Asset Type
        Asset Name and Definition
to Learning





Achievement motivation:
Young person is motivated to do well in school

School engagement:
Young person is actively engaged in learning

Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day

Bonding to school:
Young person cares about her or his school

Reading for pleasure:

Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.

Young person places high value on helping other people

Equality and social justice:
Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty

Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his for beliefs

Young person "tells the truth even when it is not easy."

Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility

Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
        Planning and decision making:
Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices

Interpersonal competence:
Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills

Cultural competence:

Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds

Resistance skills:

Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations

Peaceful conflict resolution:
Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
Positive Identity
        Personal power:
Young person feels he or she has control over "things that happen to me."

Young person reports having a high self-esteem

Sense of purpose:
Young person reports that "my life has a purpose."

Positive view of personal future:
Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.

Internal Developmental Assets
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