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Who is an Asset-Builder?

All kinds of people are asset-builders: parents, neighbours, teachers, youth workers, bus drivers, child care professionals, police officers. We all have opportunities to be asset-builders when we have children or youth in our lives. More

Our asset-building movement in Halton is a huge success due to the passionate and committed professionals who lead the way. These people have attended Our Kids Network trainings, and they intentionally integrate Developmental Assets, Family Assets and/or Developmental Relationships in their work with children and youth. 

Why the Developmental Assets Framework?

Here are some ways that asset-builders connect with and support children and youth every day:

  • Say hello first, wave or ask a simple question
  • Model positive behaviors, like kindness, lifelong learning, self-regulation
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully
  • Look for strengths in others
  • Provide support for sparks
  • Share time, knowledge and resources
  • Respect and affirm differences
  • Are open, honest and non-judgemental
  • Help to expand experiences and possibilities

Search Institute has identified the building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Search Institute has identified the building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Building blocks of healthy development that help children ages 3-5 grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

Building blocks of healthy development that help children ages 5-9 (Kindergarten through grade 3).

Building blocks of healthy development that help children throughout the middle ages 8-12.

Building blocks of healthy development that help adolescents.

 

Asset-Builders Tell Their Stories

In the following videos, five of our Halton asset-builders talk about what building assets means to them and how they rely on Developmental Assets, Family Assets and Developmental Relationships in their work with children, youth and families.

Asset Building is a Way of Life in Halton Video
Asset Building Gives Power Back to Youth Video
Asset Building Helps Communities Thrive Video
Asset Building Helps Kids Feel that They Belong Video
Asset Building is for Everyone Video

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Generous funding for the
Our Kids Network Asset-Building Initiative