The 40 Developmental Assets framework, developed by Peter Benson, helps to identify a set of behaviors, skills, relationships and experiences that enable youth to develop into productive citizens of society. This approach to youth development is one of the most widely cited and used in the world. According to William Damon from Stanford University, the 40 Developmental Assets framework is a “sea of change” in adolescent development. This workshop will not only look at the background behind the 40 Developmental Assets and how they apply in prevention, but will also include 2 hours of hands-on Asset Building Activities that prevention practitioners can immediately use with the youth they work with.

Objectives: (for CEU’s)

Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • Learn the theory behind the 40 Developmental Assets.
  • Identify the Internal and External Assets and how to apply them in prevention.
  • Understand how the more Developmental Assets that youth acquire, the better chances they have of succeeding in school, and becoming healthy, happy and productive citizens of society.
  • Experience real-life, hands-on Assets Building activities that can be used in any prevention setting.


  • Do Developmental Assets Make a Difference In Majority-World Contexts? Peter C. Scales, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, and Kathie Fraher

  • A Fragile Foundation: The State of Developmental Assets among American Youth (2nd Ed.), Peter L. Benson, Peter C. Scales, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, and Nancy Leffert

  • Keeping America’s Promises to Children and Youth: A Search Institute-Child Trends Report on the Results of the America’s Promise National Telephone Polls of Children, Teenagers, and Parents,Peter C. Scales, Peter L. Benson, Karen Bartig, Katherine Streit, Kristin A. Moore, Laura Lippman, Brett Brown, & Christina Theokas

  • Signs of Progress in Putting Children First, by Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Peter L. Benson, and Arturo Sesma Jr.

  • The Troubled Journey: A Portrait of 6th- to 12th-Grade Youth, Peter L. Benson

Format: PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


    • 3 hr. Workshops