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Why is Asset Building Important?

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Note: This guide has been adapted from the Our Kids Network Asset Building Toolkit (external link) to reflect the strategies that can be used to build assets within the school community.

Asset building has the power to promote positive behaviours and attitudes. Young people with high levels of Developmental Assets® are more likely to:

  • Succeed in school
  • Value diversity
  • Maintain good health
  • Demonstrate leadership

Protect youth from high-risk behaviours. The more Developmental Assets® young people have, the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviours such as:

  • Substance use
  • Gambling
  • Violence
  • Sexual activity

Asset building is about connecting with our children and teens as they make the transition into adulthood. Relationships are key! It is important to be intentional because most young people are not experiencing enough of these assets. While there are 40 assets, researchers have found that on average, young people report having only 20.

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