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Schools & Child Care

Developmental Assests and Relationships

The Search Institute has identified 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed both in school and in life. Many of these assets can be provided for within the school community. Research from the Search Institute also emphasizes the importance of developmental relationships in children’s lives – caring adults who help children to discover who they are, and help to cultivate the abilities they need to shape their own futures. Examples of assets include valuing young people as resources, empathy and friendship skills, and feeling bonded to school, among others. Developmental relationships are the gateway through which asset building takes place.
The more assets that young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviours and the more likely they are to thrive at home, at school, and in their communities.
Developing students’ assets and providing developmental relationships support the mental health, stress, and resiliency themes found throughout the Ontario Health & Physical Education Curriculum in Strand A: Social-Emotional Learning Skills and Strand D: Healthy Living as it relates to health topics including Mental Health Literacy.
Many school activities and teacher-student relationships will already be positively contributing towards student asset development. Developmental assets and relationships is a framework for building strong student supports and a strong school community. For ideas on how to incorporate more elements of the framework into your school, please contact your school public health nurse.

To book a staff meeting presentation, please contact your School Health public health nurse.

For more school-based information and resources, please visit Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

For background information please visit Search Institute.

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