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40 building blocks to healthy development

SOURCE: SEARCH INSTITUTE, 1997

External assets

1. Family support

Family life provides high levels of support.

2. Positive family communication

Young person and his or her parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek parent(s) advice and counsel.

3. Other adult relationships
Young person receives support from three or more non-parent adults.

4. Caring neighborhood
Young person experiences caring neighbors.

5. Caring school climate
School provides a caring, encouraging environment.

6. Parent involvement in schooling
Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.

7. Community values youth
Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.

8. Youth as resources
Young people are given useful roles in the community.

9. Service to others
Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.

10. Safety
Young person feels safe at home, school and in the neighborhood.

(List continues with 10 more external assets and 20 internal assets.)


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