|The Power of a Program Called 40 Assets
One of the goals of every Christian youth group should be to bring students to a closer relationship with Christ, and to help them to more accurately reflect God’s image. To strive towards a reflection of God, students must first have a firm foundation of values. In youth ministry the goal is to make lifelong, mature disciples. Search Institute, a company based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, says that there are forty opportunities, skills, relationships, values, and self-perceptions that all young people need in order to succeed as persons. In this paper we will take a brief look at those forty assets and suggest some ways to integrate them into a youth group and to help youth to maturity.
The Forty Developmental Assets are categorized in two ways external assets and internal assets. External assets are then divided into four categories: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, and constructive use of time.
The first category, support, has six assets: family support, positive family communication, other adult relationships, caring neighborhood, caring school climate, and parent involvement in schooling.
The second category, empowerment, has four assets: community values youth, youth as resources, service to others, and safety.
The third category, boundaries and expectation, contains six assets: family boundaries, school boundaries, neighborhood boundaries, adult role models, positive peer influence, and high expectations.
The fourth category, constructive use of time, contains four assets: creative activities, youth programs, religious community, and time at home.
The internal assets are also categorized into four categories: commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity.
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