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WFS - Steps to Respect: 40 Developmental Assets


As identified by the Search Institute, there are 40 developmental assets and the average student comes to school with about 19, we would like them to have at least 31.


Wilson Focus School teachers spent some time in an inservice with the book, What Kids Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Kids, to learn the best ways to build on the 40 developmental assests in the school setting.  The staff learned that every person a child comes in contact with can be an asset builder.

External Assets

External Assets


( 1)   Family Support

( 2)   Positive Family Communication

( 3)   Other Adult Relationships

( 4)   Caring Neighborhood

( 5)   Caring School Climate

( 6)   Parent Involvement in School



( 7)   Community Values Youth

( 8)   Youth as Resources

( 9)   Service to Others

(10)   Safety


Boundaries & Expectations

(11)   Family Boundaries

(12)   School Boundaries

(13)   Neighborhood Boundaries

(14)   Adult Role Models

(15)   Positive Peer Culture

(16)   High Expectations


Constructive Use of TIme

(17)   Creative Activities

(18)   Youth Programs

(19)   Religious Activities

(20)   Time at Home



Internal Assests

Internal Assets

Commitment to Learning

(21)   Achievement Motivation

(22)   School Engagement

(23)   Homework

(24)   Bonding to School

(25)   Reading for Pleasure


Positive Values

(26)   Caring

(27)   Equity & Social Justice

(28)   Integrity

(29)   Honesty

(30)   Responsibility

(31)   Restraint


Social Competencies

(32)   Planning & Decision Making

(33)   Interpersonal Competence

(34)   Cultural Competence

(35)   Resistance Skills

(36)   Peaceful Conflict Resolution


Positive Identity

(37)   Personal Power

(38)   Self-Esteem

(39)   Sense of Purpose

(40)   Positive View of Personal Future


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