May Asset of the Month

Asset #15 Positive Peer Influence 

This month's Developmental Asset is Positive Peer Influence. Anyone and everyone can build this asset.  Start by asking yourself this essential question: Have I helped my child or children I know find ways to spend time with groups of peers who will model positive influences?

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Tips for increasing positive peer influences:

  • Get to know your children’s friends and their families. Make your home a welcoming place for your children and their friends—from toddlers to teens.
  • Make positive comments about your children’s friends. If you’re concerned about a friend being a negative influence, have an honest conversation in which you and your child listen and compromise.
  •  Enroll your child in local clubs and organizations that help build assets for youth and typically include positive peer influences such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H, scouting programs and various school clubs.

 Please feel distribute these monthly tips in newsletters, social media or other communications. 

Source: Search Institute When Parents Ask for Help, Renie Howard.

For more information about the La Plata Children, Youth and Family Master Plan's Asset of the Month Project, contact Susan Hakanson, 382-6212 or

“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.” (

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