September Asset of the Month

asset 19 religious community

Every month schools, organizations & families across La Plata County embrace one of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets & work to strengthen that asset  in the youth they serve. Developmental Assets are the  relationships, skills & experiences young people need to become thriving adults.  Everyone, young & old, can build assets! 

The September Asset of the Month is #19 Religious Community. 

Asset #19       Religious Community—Young person spends one or more hours per week in activities in a religious institution.

Essential Question: Do I encourage my children to talk about their interpretation of spiritual or religious concepts, asking questions to clarify their comments

Local Data: 43% of La Plata County youth participate in faith-based activities as described in Asset #19. (Assets Survey 2015)

Tips for increasing participation in faith-based activities:

• Adapt your religious or spiritual practice to match your child’s developmental abilities.

• Together, read stories and enjoy music and other creative arts that have religious or spiritual themes.

• Exposure to different cultures and beliefs can help young people evaluate and define their own beliefs.

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 2015 Assets data, contact Cody Goss at

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