Positive Youth Development

The Developmental Assets Framework created by Search Institute identifies 40 positive strengths and supports that young people need to succeed. Rock Digi has kept these positive strengths and supports in mind while creating our curriculum, as a way to help ensure kids learn the tools they need to succeed. 

Half of these Developmental Assets are external, meaning they focus on the relationships and opportunities they need in their communities, schools, and families. These include support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, and constructive use of time.

Some specific examples of these external Assets include:

  • Caring school climate- The school provides a caring, encouraging environment.
  • Parent involvement in schooling- Parent(s) are actively involved in helping their young person succeed in school.
  • Safety- Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
  • Family boundaries- The family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
  • Creative activities- Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.

The other half of these Developmental Assets are internal, meaning they focus on the social-emotional strengths, values, and commitments that are nurtured within young people. These assets include categories like commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity.

Some specific examples of these internal Assets include:

  • School engagement- Young person is actively engaged in learning.
  • Responsibility- Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
  • Interpersonal competence- Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
  • Resistance skills- Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
  • A positive view of personal future- Young person is optimistic about their future.

Rock Digi has lessons ranging from mental health self-care, and substance abuse prevention, to lessons that talk about having empathy for others and anger management. At Rock Digi, we make lessons that ensure kids will learn the right tools they need to get through school and stick with them for the rest of their lives.

Rock Digi has sample lessons that can be viewed at rockdigi.org as well as lesson preview videos available on our YouTube Channel – Pat McManus Rock In Prevention.

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