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What Kids Need to Succeed

Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids
(Revised & Updated 3rd Edition)


Researchers at Minneapolis-based Search Institute have identified forty Developmental Assets that all kids need in their lives—good things like family support, a caring neighborhood, and resistance skills. Communities across the nation have embraced the book’s quick-read, commonsense suggestions for helping kids lead healthy, productive, and positive lives and stay out of trouble.

This revised and updated third edition draws on findings from a survey of 90,000 kids (in sixth through twelfth grades) from communities across the United States. The data confirms the influence of Developmental Assets in young people’s lives, reflecting updated levels of assets young people experience as well as the power that assets have to prevent high-risk behaviors and increase thriving behaviors.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-397-5
Audience: Parents, teachers, counselors, youth leaders, prevention specialists, and teens
Trim Size: 5" x 7"
Page Count: 272

Praise for What Kids Need to Succeed
“Hundreds of ideas that will excite and propel any youth ministry to work more closely with school and family.”—YouthWorker Journal

“A concise, effective book filled with specific suggestions.”—Education Today

  • Recommended by the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Parent Council® Selection
  • Parents’ Choice® Approved

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