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.
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.
Positive communication, Affection, Emotional openness, Support for "Sparks"
Family meals, Shared activities, Meaningful traditions, Dependability
Openness on tough topics, Fair rules, Defined boundaries, Clear expectations
ADAPTING to challenges
Management of daily commitments, Adaptability, Problem solving,
Connecting to COMMUNITY
Neighborhood cohesion, Relationships with others, Enriching activities,
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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