The 40 Developmental Assets are divided into EXTERNAL and INTERNAL assets. External include all of the things that might help a child grow from the outside or extrinsically, such as family, neighborhoods, teachers, education, sports. Internal include what can only come from the individual, or intrinsically such as, self-esteem, integrity, trustworthiness, compassion.
The good news, is that many of the external assets can help to build and model traits that grow the internal attributes we want to see in our rising stars. See here for information on the 40 Developmental Assets.
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