The Community Fund of Darien


In November 2014, MMS and DHS students took a survey to measure their attitudes, behaviors and perceptions of our community. This is the third survey conducted since 2008 by The Community Fund of Darien’s Thriving Youth program. The survey measured 40 key developmental assets that are considered to be the building blocks for healthy youth development.

What Are Assets?

The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets are values, experiences and qualities that promote healthy development and help kids succeed.

Principles of Developmental Asset Building

  • All children and youth need developmental assets
  • Everyone can build assets
  • Relationships are key
  • Building assets is an ongoing process
  • Asset building requires consistent messaging
  • Duplication and repetition are good and important
MMS and DHS student 2014 survey responses: What you can do..
38% of students believe they have positive adult role models Er_Img Be a good role model; remember that kids hear and see more than you think.
16% of students indicated they are involved in creative activities Er_Img Encourage children to explore new and unique activities to find their passions.
33% of students believe they are valued by the community Er_Img Ask young people what they think. Acknowledge their opinions, even if you don't agree. Work together.
63% of students "tell the truth" even when it is not easy Er_Img Do the right thing even when nobody is looking.
58% of students report having high self-esteem Er_Img Help kids to be happy with themselves for whom they are.

Click here to see full Survey Report Card

To learn more about how to build assets in your community, visit the Resources page.