External Assets 

Internal Assets 


1.  Family Support

Family life provides high levels of love and support.

2. Positive Family Communication:

Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents

3. Other Adult Relationships:

Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults

4. Caring Neighborhood:

Young person experiences caring neighbors.

5. Caring School Climate:

School provides a caring, encouraging environment.

6. Parent Involvement in Schooling:

Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.


7. Community Values Youth:

Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.

8. Youth as Resources:

Young people are given useful roles in the community.

9. Service to Others:

Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.

10. Safely:

Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.

Boundaries and Expectations

11. Family Boundaries:

Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person's whereabouts.

12. School Boundaries:

School provides clear rules and consequences.

13. Neighborhood Boundaries:

Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people's behavior.

14. Adult Role Models:

Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.

15. Positive Peer Influence:

Young person's best friends model responsible behavior.

16. High Expectations:

Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person do do well

 Constructive Use of Time

17. Creative Activities:

Young person spends three of more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

18. Youth Programs:

Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.

19. Religious Community:

Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities at a religious institution.

20. Time at Home:

Young person is out with friends with "nothing special to do" two or fewer nights per week.


Commitment to Learning

21. Achievement Motivation:

Young person is motivated to do well in school.

22. School Engagement:

Young person is actively engaged in learning.

23. Homework

Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.

24. Bonding to School:

Young person cares about her or his school. 

25. Reading for Pleasure:

Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.

Positive Values

26. Caring:

Young person places high value on helping other people.

27. Equality and Social Justice

Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.

28. Integrity:

Young person acts on convictions and stands up for his or her beliefs.

29. Honesty:

Young person "tells the truth even when it is not easy."

30. Responsibility:

Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.

31. Restraint:

Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.

 Social Competence

32. Planning and Decision Making:

Young person knows how to plan ahead and make 

33. Interpersonal Competence:

Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship 

34. Cultural Competence:

Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.

35. Resistance Skills:

Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.

36. Peaceful Conflict Resolution:

Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.

Positive Identity

37. Personal Power:

Young person feels he or she has control over "things that happen to me."

38. Self-Esteem

Young person reports having a high self-esteem.

38. Self-Esteem

Young person reports having a high self-esteem.

39. Sense of Purpose:

Young person reports that "my life has a purpose."

40. Positive View of Personal Future:

Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future