This writer teamed together with the Healthy Youth Committee of Fairmont, Minnesota. The Healthy Youth Committee is a committee comprised of about 15 various community professionals who want to make a positive change for the youth of Fairmont. The committee includes court administrations staff, police chief, probation officers, teachers, non-profit employees, and social worker. The Healthy Youth Committee requested the Search Institute to complete the 40 Developmental Assets survey Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors with the youth in Fairmont, in 1997, 2002, and 2011. 40 Developmental Assets is a research-based framework that identifies basic building blocks of human development and in both cross-sectional, and longitudinal studies it has been found that assets affect youth outcomes. The Search Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota has surveyed nearly three million youth about how they experience the 40 Developmental Assets. The 40 Assets are split into two categories, External (networks of support, opportunities, and people that stimulate and nurture positive development in youth) and Internal (a young person’s own comments, values, and competencies), and in each of these categories there are four sub-categories including, Support, Empowerment, Boundaries & Expectations, Constructive Use of Time, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies, and Positive Identity (Search Institute, 2011). The Search Institute has found that the more assets kids have the better. For example, youth with high asset levels are less likely to engage in high risk behaviors including, but not limited to; violence, sexual activity, drug use, and suicide. Since data had already been collected, this writer used the data set to complete a secondary analysis focused on the strong and weak assets the youth portrayed in their surveys.


Robin Wingo

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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