40 Developmental Assets

What are the 40 Developmental Assets (40 DA)?

The Developmental Assets are 40 qualities or experiences that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The more of these qualities a youth has the stronger and more resilient they are. It is our job as the family, friends and community of youth to help them gain these assets.

The 40 Developmental Assets

Click here for a full list of the 40 Developmental Assets

The 40 DA and Risk Taking Behaviours

The more assets that a youth has, the less likely they are to participate in risk taking behaviours like:

  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Driving while Drinking
  • Having Sex at a Young Age
  • Vandalism
  • Smoking
  • Stealing
  • Skipping School
  • Gambling
  • Getting into Trouble with Police
  • Violence
  • Attempting Suicide
  • Riding with a Drunk Driver

The 40 DA and Northern Saskatchewan

In 2009, all of the off-reserve schools in Northern Saskatchewan completed the 40 Developmental Assets Attitudes and Behaviours (A&B) survey. This survey gave a snapshot of each school, as well as of the North as a whole. The A&B survey showed how many assets our youth had and how they were feeling about themselves, their schools, families and communities.

Click here for the data from the Northwide off reserve A&B survey.

The data from the A&B data is meant to be used as a tool. It gives us a picture of our strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of our youth and creates an opportunity for discussion and momentum for change. The 40 DA Team of the NHCP engaged youth across the north in the presentation of their own data, and in many communities the conversation was interesting and important.

Today there are First Nations schools across the north that are participating in the A&B survey in partnership with the NHCP and NITHA. We are very excited to support the implantation of the survey and to see what the communities do with the data.

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