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40 Assets for the Forty Acres

The 40 Assets for the Forty Acres applies the Search Institute‚Äôs Developmental Assets© Framework which identifies 40 positive supports and strengths that young people need to succeed.

Positive Identity

Personal power

  • Create a learning environment in which students feel they have control over what happens to them (e.g., provide students with choices).


  • Support students in developing confidence and believing in their abilities to achieve goals.

Sense of purpose

  • Help students to see how their lives have purpose.

Positive view of personal future

  • Model and encourage students to practice being optimistic about their personal futures and willingness to learn from failures and obstacles.


  • Model and have students practice placing value on themselves as their own best friends.
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