The Best of Building Assets Together: Favorite Group Activities That Help Youth Succeed

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Jolene L. Roehlkepartain
Search Institute Press
156 pages, plus CD-ROM. $34.95.

Combining popular exercises from two previous editions with 35 new ideas, this handbook contains 166 activities that help youth build Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. It targets those who work with youth in schools, community organizations and religious groups.

The introduction explains the assets model and offers tips on working with groups of teenagers. On the Asset Checklists, youths mark “true” or “false” on such asset statements as “I am actively engaged in learning.” Then they compare their assets to those of 148,000 youth surveyed in grades 6 through 12. Sure to spark discussion is a table showing how respondents’ high-risk behaviors correspond to low asset counts, while positive behaviors go with high asset counts.

Ten chapters cover areas common to youth programs such as leadership development, diversity and community involvement. Each activity’s developmental assets are listed, along with supplies, instructions and discussion questions. An index locates exercises that support particular assets. The enclosed CD-ROM contains reproducible handouts in English and Spanish. (877) 240-7251 ext. 1,