Why the Developmental Assets Framework?

Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research
Proven to be an effective approach to positive youth development around the world
Adapted to be developmentally relevant from early childhood through adolescence
Positive power of assets is evident across all cultural and socioeconomic groups regardless of gender, race and religion
Common language and agenda is integral to achieving collective impact
User-friendly, concrete and comes with supportive resources

Developmental Assets take us

 from troubled kids to all kids
 from prescribed programs to relationships
 from problems to strengths
 from incidental to intentional
 from work of professionals to everyone’s work
 from experimenting with what works to evidence and research
 from project focus to strategic and comprehensive
 from shifting messages to consistency and repetition
 from competition to collaboration
 from quick fix to ongoing and evolving work


Asset-builders come from all walks of life

They can be parents, teachers, faith leaders, bus drivers, social workers, police officers, grandparents, older siblings, store owners, doctors, neighbours. They are individuals or organizations that make extraordinary efforts to build assets, create meaningful relationships with children and youth, and inspire others to do the same. Anyone can be an asset champion!

And... Halton has seen first-hand, the positive change in conditions and outcomes for our youth

Since 2009/10, there have been small improvements in almost all of the 20 Developmental Assets measured through the Halton Youth Survey. This has resulted in an increase in the average number of assets for both Grade 7 and Grade 10 students overall. For 14 of the 20 assets the increase was statistically significant. Learn more

The OKN Developmental Assets Table has heard some inspiring stories from the community. More evidence that Developmental Assets nurture positive child and youth development.

*Police officer acts quickly and helps young man build assets for the future
When a local youth lost his job and was visibly upset at a coffee shop, it was the community’s Village Constable Kate Zhang** who got the call. Read more

Relationships are the key to success for young man at risk
When Nadia** met Johnny, she was a public health nurse working in a high school. The charismatic boy always had a big smile on his face and lots of friends, and the teachers all liked him; however, he had a hard life. Read more

The power of one – making a difference in the life of a child
Kimi, a mother of two young children, listens intently to a public health nurse** discussing the importance of early identification of children who need help with their development. She then makes an effort to share the information with a neighbour whom she know may need help.
Read more

*Halton Police Service members and public health nurses have received Developmental Assets training.
**Names have been changed.


Data is more than just numbers

The OKN Data Portal is an interactive online database. Users will find community and neighbourhood-level information, demographics, OKN research data on health, safety, education, Developmental Assets®, Census data and more. Use it for planning, funding proposal, presentations, mapping and more.

Search data, create maps or add your own data right now!

Take some time to learn more about how to use the OKN Data Portal, OKN research and other types of resources.

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