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No matter how directly or indirectly you interact with them, you influence Clinton youth.

People and experiences shape our mind-set and behaviors. All youth need a strong foundation established by family, reinforced and nurtured by experiences at school and in the community. This effort requires collaboration. Together, the adults of Clinton can help our youth develop positive attitudes and the confidence to make healthy decisions, including a drug-free lifestyle.

Being a positive influence doesn’t require being a hero or perfect, or dedicating large amounts of time. The acts can be simple and are largely common sense. But when the community acts together, reinforcing our values consistently over time, the net effect will be profound and will help shape future generations of caring, responsible, healthy adults. All it takes is intention and a commitment to being a partner in our community.

About Developmental Assets

Developmental Assets are the fundamental relationships, experiences and attributes that young people need to avoid risky behavior and to thrive. Not surprisingly, research has found that all adolescents need support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, a commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and a positive identity. The more assets an adolescent identifies in their life, the more likely they are to make positive, healthy choices.

Developmental Assets are concrete and measurable. Every two years, the Clinton school system administers the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets survey to students in grades 7-12. 2012 marks the fourth implementation of the survey in Clinton; it was also given in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Comparing data from four surveys will allow us to see trends in how our young people are growing and thriving, as well as the areas in which they face challenges.

Take a look at this comparative data from 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 in 4 of the 40 Developmental Assets:

02: Positive Family Communication
Young person and his or her parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek parent(s) advice and counsel.
2005: 27%   |  2008: 30%   |  2010: 31%  |   2012: 35% | 2014: 44%

07: Community Values Youth
Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
2005: 16%   |  2008: 21%   |  2010: 26%  |   2012: 28% | 2014: 36%

32: Planning and Decision-Making
Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
2005: 25%   |  2008: 34%   |  2010: 32%  |   2012: 38% | 2014: 39%

35: Resistance Skills
Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
2005: 40%   |  2008: 45%   |  2010: 46%  |   2012: 47% | 2014: 56%
See which other assets have changed over the past 10 years

We are currently processing the December 2014 survey results and are excited to share more information with you in the coming months about:

  • The latest youth survey results
  • Trends in Clinton
  • Parent survey results
  • What we can do as a community