The Asset of the Month toolkit is designed by YMCA of Silicon Valley Project Cornerstone using Search Institute’s research-based Developmental Assets framework. The toolkit highlights 12 Developmental Assets and provides an editable poster (available in English and Spanish) and an overview handout for each asset. The handout contains a description of the asset, discussion topics, and activities for any caring adult engaging with youth.
(September 2023: The handouts are currently being updated. August - December have been completed and January - July will be completed over the next couple of months. The posters are not changing.)
January: Adult Role Model
Asset #14: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
February: Youth as Resources
Asset #8: Young people are given useful roles in the community.
March: Creative Activities
Asset #17: Youth spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
April: Service to Others
Asset #9: Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
May: Youth Programs
Asset #18: Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organization at school and/or in community organizations.
Asset #10: Young person feels safe at home, at school, and in the neighborhood.
July: Community Values Youth
Asset #7: Young person perceives that adults in the community value children and youth.
August: Caring Neighborhood
Asset #4: Young person experiences caring neighbors.
September: Parent Involvement in Schooling
Asset #6: Parent(s) are actively engaged in helping young person succeed in school.
October: Positive Family Communication
Asset #2: Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).
- Asset of the Month Handout - October
- Positive Family Communication Poster (English)
- Positive Family Communications Poster (Español)
November: Positive Cultural Identity
Asset #41: Young person feels comfortable with and proud of her/his identity, including but not limited to disabilities, ethnicity, faith/religion, family status, gender, language, and sexual orientation.