Team Kids: A vehicle to strengthen Developmental Assets® in ALL our kids!
At the core of the Team Kids’ mission, programs, public-private partnerships and positive outcomes for our kids, is a commitment to strengthening the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets® in our children. Team Kids is a collaborative strategy that brings together community stakeholders as Asset builders, from government, education, public safety and business to deliver a collective impact greater than any one agency could deliver independently. The Team Kids Challenge deliberately works to strengthen 32 of the 40 Assets, 6 of which are of the 9 lowest reporting assets according to young people tested.
What are the Developmental Assets®
According to the Search Institute, the Developmental Assets® are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world. The framework has been adapted to be developmentally relevant from early childhood through adolescence. Click here to see the list of the 40 Developmental Assets.
Why do they matter?
The Search Institute has studied more than 4 million young people results consistently show that the more assets that young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors and the more likely they are to thrive. Research shows that youth with the most assets are least likely to engage in four different patterns of high-risk behavior, including problem alcohol use, violence, illicit drug use, and sexual activity. When they have higher levels of assets, they are more likely to do well in school, be civically engaged, and value diversity.
Click below to learn more:
- 40 Assets with National Statistics – Team Kids Challenge focuses on highlighted Assets, stats in red represent the 8 Assets reported at 30% or less by youth
- Search Institute: Developmental Relationships Framework
- Search Institute web story about Team Kids in 2010
- WestEd Outcomes Summary of Team Kids