The Centennial Recreation Center strives to help adults connect with youth in a positive way that helps young people thrive. We believe there are essential elements that are crucial to the healthy development of young people. We call these elements Developmental Assets, which are an integral part of all of our programs and services. Developmental assets are the positive relationships, opportunities, values and skills that young people need to grow up caring and responsible.
Developmental Asset List Years of research by the Search Institute of Minneapolis have identified 40 developmental assets that have a proven relationship to healthy youth development. With input from our diverse community members, Project Cornerstone has added a 41st asset - positive cultural identify to the framework we use locally. These assets include both external experiences which provide young people with support, empowerment and boundaries and the internal values, strengths and commitments that they need in order to thrive.
There is a direct relationship between increasing the number of assets and decreasing the incidence of high risk behaviors, such as violence and drug and alcohol abuse.
Young people with high asset levels are most likely to make healthy choices, while those with lower asset levels are more likely to get involved with negative or risky behaviors like violence, trouble in school, drug and alcohol use and more. The City of Morgan Hill promotes a different Developmental Asset each month. View our Annual Asset Calendar (PDF).