What We Care About

The 40 Developmental Assets


The Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed. In each newsletter, we introduce our readers to these assets and provide tips to include in everyday life! 

Risk & Protective Factors


Research shows that the risk for substance abuse and other adverse behaviors increases as the number of risk factors increases, and that protective factors may reduce the risk of youth engaging in substance use that can lead to substance abuse.  

Strengthening Families


 Children are more likely to thrive when their families have the support they need and advances in brain science shows that adolescent brains are at a key stage of development, which can be nurtured when a young person’s strengths are supported.