These are essential qualities of life that help young people thrive, do well in school and avoid risky behavior.

Community Resource and Youth in Crisis Coalition partner Kids Matter relies on the 40 Developmental Assets framework to empower youth, their parents and the community. Grounded in extensive research in positive youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. Because of its basis in research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become the single most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States.