Asset Building and Community Development

The Search Institute has identified 40 developmental assets as building blocks that help young people become healthy, caring and responsible individuals. The assets are divided into two categories, External and Internal:

    • Boundaries and Expectations
    • Commitment to Learning
    • Constructive Use of Time
    • Positive Identity
    • Empowerment
    • Positive Values
    • Support
    • Social Competence

Beaumont FCSS follows the philosophy of developmental assets in our approach to working  with youth and in our community. Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, neighbor, doctor, teacher or employer, you can help build assets in children and  youth.

 How can you build assets?

  • Start a conversation over your fence with a young neighbour
  • Send a young person a thank you card
  • Encourage youth to write letter to the editor when they are passionate about an issue
  • Host a neighbourhood block party

Asset Building is about doing what we all already do, but being intentional and positively interacting with young people more often.

Survey Results

Some of the results from the 2009 survey:

  • 25% of youth perceive that adults in our community value youth
  • 50% of youth have positive family boundaries where there are clear rules and consequences, and their whereabouts are monitored
  • 60% of youth in Beaumont feel their parents and teachers encourage them to do well