Building Assets to Promote Substance Abuse Prevention
HVCASA knows that a highly effective approach to prevention focuses on identifying, enhancing and capitalizing on the strengths/assets of individual young people and the communities within which they live. Research from Search Institute identifies 40 Developmental Assets that have a powerful, positive impact on young people. These concrete, common sense assets positively influence the choices young people make and thus reduce risky behaviors.
Youth who have high levels of assets…..
- Get involved in fewer risky behaviors.
- Are more likely to exhibit positive values, such as leadership, good health and diversity.
- Succeed in school.
Nationally, about 59 % of young people ages 11–18, have 20 or fewer Developmental Assets. We can change this because everyone has the power to build assets in young people’s lives.
Here is How
8 Asset Categories crucial in helping young people grow up healthy include…
Support: Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate, and accept them. ……..
Empowerment: Young people need to feel valued and valuable. This happens when youth feel safe and respected.
Boundaries and Expectations: Young people need clear rules, consistent consequences for breaking rules, and encouragement to do their best.
Constructive Use of Time: Young people need opportunities—outside of school—to learn and develop new skills and interests with other youth and adults.
Commitment to Learning: Young people need a sense of the lasting importance of learning and a belief in their own abilities.
Positive Values: Young people need to develop strong guiding values to help them make healthy life choices.
Social Competencies: Young people need the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations.
Positive Identity: Young people need to believe in their own self-worth and to feel they have control over the things that happen to them.
Be on the lookout for specific information on all assets in each of our quarterly Access HVCASA newsletters!