Developmental Assets

Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. Half of the assets focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their families, schools, and communities (external assets). The remaining assets focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people (internal assets).
Relationships are critical to young people’s development. They are also “active ingredients” in schools, programs, and other services that have an impact on young people’s lives. But too often we see relationships as too soft or too amorphous or too time-consuming or too idiosyncratic to be the foundation for intentional planning, measurement, and learning.

Free Resources from Search Institute


Since 1958, Search Institute has been doing research on what kids need to succeed. We have several free resources available to help you apply what we’ve learned to the children and youth in your life. We are happy to offer these free resources for you to learn more.