Asset of the Month Project

Developmental Asset of the Month

Asset #27     Equality and Social Justice| Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.

Local Data: 64% of La Plata County youth report high value in promoting equality. (Assets Survey 2015)

Essential Question: In what ways do we teach our children to care about those who have fewer resources and opportunities?

Tips for increasing the value of social justice and equality:

  • Identify and read about people (past and present) who have worked for social justice in your community and in the world.
  • Begin teaching your child the importance of thinking of others who do not have as much as they do. Encourage them to “hand down” items in good condition they no longer use.
  • Identify local groups that offer programs to give youth an outlet to take direct action in their community. (One example is the Prejudice Elimination Action Team at Durango High School.)

Source: Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

To schedule a Developmental Assets Workshop for youth and/or adults or a presentation of La Plata County Assets data, contact Cody Goss at

The Children, Youth and Family Master Plan (CYFMP) and Celebrating Healthy Communities (CHC) sends out a different asset each month with an essential question and tips to community partners to insert in their organization’s newsletters. This top section in black is an introduction with the monthly piece being in blue below.

“The Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world.” (

The CYFMP and CHC utilize the Developmental Assets Survey as a periodic measure for how well our agencies and families are providing asset-rich supports, services and opportunities for La Plata County youth. Both organizations teach our community about the assets and how to utilize them in program development, parenting and in our daily lives.

Please join our community partners in promoting the Assets framework, by placing the following “Asset of the Month” in your newsletters, communications and interactions with youth and families. For a full list of the 40 Assets go to: