Our Raising Highly Capable Kids program is based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. 

Search Institute has studied Developmental Assets in the lives of over 6 million young people across the United States and around the world. Research consistently shows that young people from all backgrounds do better when they have a strong foundation of these strengths in their lives.

Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, it identifies:

  • The supports, opportunities, and relationships young people need across all aspects of their lives (called “external assets”); and
  • The personal skills, self-perceptions, and values they need (called “internal assets”) to make good choices, take responsibility for their own lives, and be independent and fulfilled.

When youth have more assets, they are:

  • More likely to thrive now and in the future
  • Less likely to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors
  • More likely to be resilient in the face of challenges