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What are External Assets?

External assets focus on positive experiences from the people and experiences in a young person's life. Please feel free to explore the examples given below.


  1. Family Support
    Family life provides high levels of love and support.
  2. Positive Family Communication
    Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.
  3. Other Adult Relationships
    Young person receives support from three or more non-parent adults.
  4. Caring Neighborhood
    Young person experiences caring neighbors.
  5. Caring School Climate
    School provides a caring, encouraging environment
  6. Parent Involvement in Schooling
    Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.


  1. Community Values Youth
    Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
  2. Youth as Resources
    Young people are given useful roles in the community.
  3. Service to Others
    Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
  4. Safety
    Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.

Boundaries and Expectations

  1. Family Boundaries
    Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person's whereabouts.
  2. School Boundaries
    School provides clear rules and consequences.
  3. Neighborhood Boundaries
    Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people's behavior.
  4. Adult Role Models
    Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
  5. Positive Peer Influence
    Young person's best friends model responsible behavior.
  6. High Expectations
    Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.

Constructive Use of Time

  1. Creative Activities
    Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
  2. Youth Programs
    Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in the community.
  3. Religious Community
    Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.
  4. Time at Home
    Young person is out with friends with nothing special to do two or fewer nights per week.

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