The Power of Developmental Assets

Studies of more than 4 million young people across the United States (as well as studies in other countries) consistently show that the more Developmental Assets young people have, the more likely they are to be prepared for life and the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors. These charts illustrate some of this research.


Thousands of schools, organizations, and community coalitions have used Search Institute to assess these assets and their association with important youth outcomes. Learn more about how you can use one of these surveys to understand young people’s lives and monitor change and improvement based on your efforts.

Assets Matter for Youth from Many Backgrounds and Contexts

This research demonstrates the power of assets across different groups of youth in North America, including:

In addition, asset-based studies of youth in developing countries are now documenting these associations for young people in those contexts.

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