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.

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.


June: Safety

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).


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.


December: Family Support

Asset #1: Family life provides high levels of love and support.