The Developmental Assets

The Developmental Assets, designed by Search Institute, is an evidence-based approach the Council for Youth Development and our community partners are integrating throughout Bartholomew County. 

In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of the 40 Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Over the following two decades, the Developmental Assets framework and approach to positive youth development became the most frequently cited and widely utilized in the world, creating what Stanford University’s William Damon described as a “sea change” in adolescent development.

Data collected from Search Institute surveys of more than 5 million children and youth from all backgrounds and situations has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and society. Read more about the SI Research.

Everyone is an Asset Builder


We believe everyone has an active role to play in supporting positive youth development across Bartholomew County. Take a few minutes to learn more about the power of community investment in young people and their families.

Special thanks to Rachel McCarver, Mark Allamanno, Jasmine Austin, BCSC, Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation, and our Bartholomew County Experts | Published on May 25, 2018

what exactly are these developmental assets?

The Assets are divided into 20 “internal” assets and 20 “external” assets. The External Assets are those relationships and experiences a young person finds in his or her immediate environment.  The Internal Assets are those qualities and characteristics that develop within a young person.

The assets are spread across eight broad areas of human development.  The 40 Assets within these categories paint a picture of the positive things all young people need to grow up healthy and responsible. Learn more about each category and developmental asset here.

CYD Community Cohort | 2018

CYD Community Cohort | 2018

Meet our local facilitators

We successfully hosted our first Developmental Assets community cohort training the first week of March and will be sharing more with you about outreach opportunities in the near future. Twenty-four community partners are now able to facilitate the Developmental Assets framework approach throughout Bartholomew County. Stay connected by completing our contact form.


coming soon!

Check back with us. We plan to spotlight Developmental Assets Builders in our very own community. Exciting work is being done in our schools and throughout our community by nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based partners.