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Building Assets – Building Leaders!

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.

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Today in Orange County, most of the work being done in health and human services focuses, appropriately, on the immediate needs of the disadvantaged. Team Kids takes a different approach, directing their energies toward our youth, teaching them the value and power of working together to solve community issues. In so doing, they are developing the philanthropists of the future and creating systematic change in our community.”

OC United Way, CEO Max Gardner

Team Kids is addressing critical child and community needs today, while also building our next generation of problem solvers.”

Dan Lubeck, Team Kids Board Member

I became a Founding Team Kids Board Member in 2004, after witnessing the leadership and compassion being developed in the students participating in the Team Kids Challenge Program. Team Kids engenders a culture where it is everyone’s right, regardless of age, to be a powerful agent for change.”

Bethany LaFlam, Team Kids Board Member

Team Kids, to me, is an antidote to entitlement and one great way to create the responsible citizens we all want as future leaders.”

Mike Cupps, Team Kids Board Member; Private Investor

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