Steven Winchell


Why do some kids succeed and others struggle? The debate has raged for decades about the influence of media, parenting, poverty and genetics. However, the Search Institute has discovered through rigorous research that there are 40 Developmental Assets that a child can possess that shapes the level of success he/she will have in adulthood. Out of the 40 possible assets, a young person needs at least 30 to be successful, healthy and drug free. The average child has only 19.



This session explores how these assets grow in the context of supportive relationships and opportunity. This workshop can be done in as little as 60 to 90 minutes for a cursory overview. A half day or full day session allows deeper exploration of the fascinating cultural factors that have eroded assets over the last three generations as well as providing time for development of an action plan for a team or community response to asset development.