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40 Developmental Assets® (PDF file)
Developmental Assets are traits, values and experiences that all
young people need to be healthy, successful and reach their full
These building blocks, or Developmental Assets®, are grounded in
research on child and adolescent development, risk prevention and
resiliency. The more assets young people have, the more likely
they are to thrive, make healthy choices, and avoid harmful
The positive power of assets is seen across all cultural and socioeconomic
groups in youth around the world. There are 40 Developmental Assets® that
are divided into two categories – external and internal.
External assets include the first 4 asset categories that make up
Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets® (PDF file) .
These are the external structures, relationships, and activities that create
a positive environment for young people, such as:
Internal assets include the second 4 asset categories that make up Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets®.
These are the internal values, skills, and beliefs that young people need to fully engage with and function in the world around them, such as:
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Halton Region is composed of
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the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
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