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.
- Family Support
Family life provides high levels of love and support.
- 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.
- Other Adult Relationships
Young person receives support from three or more non-parent adults.
- Caring Neighborhood
Young person experiences caring neighbors.
- Caring School Climate
School provides a caring, encouraging environment
- Parent Involvement in Schooling
Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person succeed in school.
- Community Values Youth
Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
- Youth as Resources
Young people are given useful roles in the community.
- Service to Others
Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
Boundaries and Expectations
- Family Boundaries
Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person's whereabouts.
- School Boundaries
School provides clear rules and consequences.
- Neighborhood Boundaries
Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people's behavior.
- Adult Role Models
Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
- Positive Peer Influence
Young person's best friends model responsible behavior.
- High Expectations
Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
Constructive Use of Time
- Creative Activities
Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music,
theater, or other arts.
- Youth Programs
Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations
at school and/or in the community.
- Religious Community
Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.
- Time at Home
Young person is out with friends with nothing special to do two or fewer nights
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