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Social Competencies | Internal Asset

Young people need the skills to interact effectively with others, to make difficult decisions, and to cope with new situations.


The Five Social Competencies Assets:

  • Planning and decision-making—Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.

  • Resistance skills— Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.

  • Peaceful conflict resolution—Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.

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

  • Interpersonal competence—Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.

Everyday Asset Building Tips:

  • Have family meetings where children have a voice in decision making

  • Smile and say hello to at least one new person each day

  • Learn about your own cultural heritage and the heritage of others

  • Help youth practice coping skills when difficult situations arise

  • Learn and model peaceful ways to resolve disagreement