At STEM Bunnies, we don't just talk about inspiration, engagement and preparation
  in STEM content areas.  We also define success as families report that their family
  is closer and healthier because of our programs.   Beginning this spring we are  
  asking  our participating families to rate their Family Assets at the beginning and
  conclusion of our Rabbit Foster Program or Volunteer Program.

FAMILY ASSETS

Search Institute’s research on thriving families evolved from The American Family Assets Studywhich presented a compelling national portrait of families, and introduces the Family Assets—relationships, interactions, opportunities, and values. 

Nurturing RELATIONSHIPS
Positive communication, Affection, Emotional openness, Support for "Sparks"
Establishing ROUTINES
Family meals, Shared activities, Meaningful traditions, Dependability
Maintaining EXPECTATIONS
Openness on tough topics, Fair rules, Defined boundaries, Clear expectations
ADAPTING to challenges
Management of daily commitments, Adaptability, Problem solving,
Decision Making
Connecting to COMMUNITY

Neighborhood cohesion, Relationships with others, Enriching activities,
Supportive resources


These strengths are more commonly associated with young people’s well-being than the family’s structure, income, education, immigrant status, community type, and other demographic factors. Furthermore, these strengths are present in all types of families, and all types of families can be more intentional about nurturing them.

The American Family Assets Study, Amy K. Syvertsen, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, and Peter C. Scalesere.

40 Developmental Assets
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