Developmental Assets are concrete, positive, common sense experiences and qualities that provide understanding of what young people need to succeed and be healthy. These assets focus on solutions rather than problems and are powerful predictors of behavior and have built in resiliency factors that help youth to cope with and avoid difficult situations. The more assets a child posses, the higher probability that child will not be involved in behaviors such as: teen pregnancy, school dropout, substance abuse, delinquency or violence.
There are two categories of assets:
External Assets are the environmental experiences (home, school, and community) that support, nurture, and empower him or her, set boundaries and expectations, and make constructive use of his or her time.
Internal assets are individual qualities that guide positive choices and develop a sense of confidence, passion, and purpose through attitudes, values and compassion.