Building Relationships

Developmental relationships are close connections that help young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. Marysville Kids Matter Developmental relationships are close connections that help young people discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them.

Our initial focus on Marysville Kids Matter grew out of a partnership with United Way and the Marysville School District. This partnership sought to incorporate the 40 Developmental Assets as researched by Search Institute. Throughout educational awareness opportunities with leaders in fields such as education, the faith community, government, and business leaders, the Marysville Together Coalition contributes to shaping our community in healthy ways. That initial partnership has evolved into the DNA of Marysville Together Coalition today!

Why Is Building Relationships Important?

Studies have shown that when young people have more of those 40 assets, they are more likely to be leaders, to be careful of their health, and to do well in school. And when young people have more of those 40 assets, they are also less likely to use drugs, become involved in violence, or participate in underage drinking. In short, the more of the assets a young person has, the more likely he or she is to succeed in many aspects of life. When we express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities for our youth, we contribute to shaping a young life towards making a positive contribution to our community and world.

 

For additional information and tips on building relationships and strengthening families, visit Keep Connected websites.

What are Developmental Assets?

When you think about the word “assets,” what comes to mind? For many people, their first thought is financial resources, the kind of “assets” the bank looks at when you apply for a loan. In our context here, assets means valuable resources of another kind.

The researchers at Search Institute, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have named the valuable resources that young people need “Developmental Assets.” These assets are 40 values, experiences, relationships, and qualities that bring many benefits to the young people who have them.

Growing out of the 40 assets, the focus now is on building relationships.