Many people find it helpful to use a simple checklist to reflect on the assets young people experience. This checklist simplifies the asset list to help prompt conversation in families, organizations, and communities. NOTE: This check list is not intended nor appropriate as a Scientific or accurate measurement for development assets.
I receive high levels of love and support from family members.
I want to do well in school.
I can go to my parent(s) or guardian for advice and support and have frequent, in-depth conversations with them.
I am actively engaged in learning.
I know some nonparent adults I can go to for advice and support.
I do an hour or more of homework each school day.
My neighbors encourage and support me.
I care about my school.
My school provides a caring, encouraging environment.
I read for pleasure three or more hours per week.
My parent(s) or guardian help me succeed in school.
I believe it is really important to help other people.
I feel valued by adults in my community.
I want to help promote equality and reduce world poverty and hunger.
I am given useful roles in my community.
I can stand up for what I believe.
I serve in the community one hour or more each week.
I tell the truth even when it's not easy.
I feel safe at home, at school , and in the neighborhood.
I can accept and take personal responsibility.
My family sets standards for appropriate conduct and monitors my whereabouts.
I believe it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
My school has clear rules and consequences for behavior.
I am good at planning ahead and making decisions.
Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring my behavior.
I am good at making and keeping friends.
Parents and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
I know and am comfortable with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
My best friends model responsible behavior.
I can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
My parents/guardians and teachers encourage me to do well.
I try to resolve conflict nonviolently.
I spend three hours or more each week in lessons or practice in music, theater or other arts.
I believe I have control over many things that happen to me.
I spend three hours each week in school or community sports, clubs, or organizations.
I feel good about myself.
I spend one hour or more each week in religious services or participating in spiritual activities.
I believe my life has a purpose.
I go with friends "with nothing special to do" tow or fewer nights each week.
I am optimistic about my future.