What Do Young People Need to Thrive?

Explore the strengths that contribute to young people's positive development.


What strengths and supports are young people accessing and cultivating in the settings that they are growing and developing in? Are they receiving the support and resources that they need? What unique skills, positive relationships, mindsets, and contributions to their communities are supporting their overall well-being and success? And how do you measure these qualities to better understand how you can support young people as they grow?

Search Institute compiled a summary report and put together a detailed description of existing strength-based measurement tools that can be administered in community settings, and measure youth ecological strengths (or strengths and assets that youth have across individual, family, school, and community contexts).

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Fill out the form and learn more about the history of developmental science, how the field arrived at strengths-based measures, and why they are important for helping young people develop a thriving orientation.