Developmental Assets

What are Developmental Assets?

Based on decades of research, Search Institute identified the assets as a collection of experiences and qualities that we all have the power to introduce, build and nurture in the lives of young people. The assets act as a guide for adults as we create environments, provide opportunities, engage in relationships and instill personal strengths that our young people need to succeed. The 20 external and 20 internal assets fall under 4 subcategories:


External Assets

  • Support
  • Empowerment
  • Boundaries & Expectations
  • Constructive Use of Time

Internal Assets

  • Commitment to Learning
  • Positive Values
  • Social Competencies
  • Positive Identity

For more information about the assets and other Search Institute resources, visit

How Can You Build Assets?

Community Partnership of the Ozarks staff are trained to facilitate in-person, hybrid, or virtual 40 Developmental Assets workshops. The assets message can be adapted to accommodate time requirements and be as short as 15 minutes or as long and in-depth as these 4-hour assets workshops:

Everyone's an Asset Builder

  • Detailed information about the assets.
  • How to be an intentional asset builder.

Sharing the Asset Message

  • How to develop assets presentations and engage your community.

To register for an upcoming virtual workshop, fill out this form. For information about arranging a workshop and other questions, email Anna Simonson at