The Challenge for Racine County
Ideally, a community should strive to ensure that all youth experience 31 or more of the 40 Developmental Assets. In Racine County, only 7 percent of students surveyed report 31 or more of the assets.
How do we begin the work of strengthening the Developmental Assets for all young people? Through its work with communities across the country, Search Institute has identified six principles to help guide the process.*
- All young people need assets: While it is crucial to pay special attention to those who have the least (economically or emotionally), all children and adolescents will benefit from having more assets than they now have.
- Everyone can build assets: Asset development requires positive messages across a community. All adults, youth, and children play a role.
- It’s an ongoing process: Asset development starts when a child is born and continues through high school and beyond.
- Relationships are key: A central key to asset development is strong relationships between adults and young people, young people and their peers, and teenagers and children.
- Consistent messages: Asset building requires consistent, positive messages about what is important.
- Redundancy: Young people need to hear the same positive messages and feel support over and over again, from many different people.
*Adapted from Uniting Communities for Youth: Mobilizing All Sectors to Create a Positive Future by Dr. Peter L. Benson, Search