The "asset approach" is a framework that includes everyone and focuses upon assets that are grouped into eight categories: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity. Families, schools, neighborhoods,congregations, and all organizations, institutions, and individuals in a community can play a role in building assets for youth. Workshops can be customized to fit your organization's needs and will introduce the assets, show their power and presence in young people's lives, and give concrete suggestions for what you can do to build assets. Why do some kids grow up with ease, while others struggle? Why do some kids get involved in dangerous activities, while others spend their time contributing to society? Why do some youth "beat the odds" in difficult situations, while others get trapped? Many factors influence why some young people have successes in life and why others have a harder time. Economic circumstances, genetics, trauma, and many other factors play a role. But these factors â?? which seem difficult, if not impossible to change â?? aren't all that matters. Research by the Search Institute has identified 40 concrete, positive experiences and qualities -"developmental assets" - that have a tremendous influence on young people's lives. They are things that people from all walks of life can help to nurture. Research shows that the 40 developmental assets help young people make wise decisions, choose positive paths, and grow up to be competent, caring, and responsible individuals.