Essentials of Asset Building

For Trainers and Facilitators

Developmental Assets® are a set of 40 research-based strengths and supports that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Essentials of Asset Building is an energizing two-day training that prepares facilitators and trainers to lead workshops introducing assets to their community.

Who Should Attend

  • Community coalition leaders
  • Concerned community members
  • Community organizers
  • Youth- and family-serving organization staff, particularly those involved in training staff
  • Youth volunteers
  • Educators
  • Social Workers


What Participants Will Learn in this Workshop

This training will prepare participants to deliver two core Search Institute designed workshops to your own organization: Everyone’s an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message.

Everyone’s an Asset Builder introduces the Developmental Assets® framework and the powerful role of individual asset builders in the lives of youth. This workshop will help participants:

  • identify the characteristics of effective asset builders and their own personal strengths and challenges 
  • understand “circles of influence” and identify those circles in which there is potential for asset building 
  • make and share a personal commitment to asset-building action

Sharing the Asset Message prepares community members and groups to deliver a variety of asset-building messages to multiple audiences. This workshop will help participants:

  • discuss how the assets relate to other positive youth development efforts
  • develop engaging presentation strategies to meet the unique needs of any audience
  • download free curriculum materials to use in your own presentations



Two full days, at your location.

Essentials of Asset Building Training Policy: Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers and Facilitators is a curriculum for Trainers. It is intended to equip trainers to promote the Developmental Assets® framework in support of organizational and community-based initiatives that promote positive youth development. Trainers who complete the Essentials of Asset Building workshop may deliver the two workshops, Everyone’s an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message, to non-paying attendees as part of their regular professional work. However, trainers are not authorized to market the Essentials of Asset Building workshop or content in an entrepreneurial fashion, nor are trainers allowed to train others to deliver the training.

Essentials of Asset Building is the copyrighted property of Search Institute™. All rights reserved.

For questions about The Essentials of Asset Building, please visit our on-site workshop FAQ page, or click below to fill out a form and a Search Institute representative will contact you.

PLEASE READ: Our Workshops Acceptable Use Policy