Essentials of

Asset Building

for Trainers & Facilitators


Why the Developmental Asset Message is Important

Have you ever wondered why some kids seem to grow up with relative ease but other kids struggle?

Search Institute began asking this question almost 40 years ago. 

Since that time, we have collected data from more than 5 million children and youth worldwide, from all backgrounds and situations. We've developed a framework of 40 traits that are essential to young people's success, called Developmental Assets®. They are the experiences, opportunities, skills, and qualities that help young people make responsible and healthy choices.

The research has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets® young people have in their lives, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming a happy, healthy, and contributing member of their communities and society. They are also less likely to engage in risk-taking behavior, such as alcohol or drug use.


AUGUST 21-22

Bring the Positive Youth Development Message to your Community or Organization

Join us for the energizing two-day Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers and Facilitators workshop. This training will prepare you to deliver two core Search Institute designed workshops to your own community: Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message.

Everyone's an Asset Builder introduces the Developmental Assets® framework and the powerful role of individual asset builders in the lives of youth. This workshop will help participants:

  • identify the characteristics of effective asset builders and their own personal strengths and challenges 
  • understand “circles of influence” and identify those circles in which there is potential for asset building 
  • make and share a personal commitment to asset-building action

Sharing the Asset Message prepares community members and groups to deliver a variety of asset-building messages to multiple audiences. This workshop will help participants:

  • discuss how the assets relate to other positive youth development efforts
  • develop engaging presentation strategies to meet the unique needs of any audience
  • download free curriculum materials to use in your own presentations

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Registration, Workshop Details, & Pricing

Daily Schedule

8:30 AM Breakfast and Check In 

9:00 AM Workshop Start Time 

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch provided 

4:30 PM Workshop End Time


Anthony H. Gallicchio Training Center 

125 Maxim Rd.

Hartford, CT 06114


Jim Conway

CEUs Available?

12 clock hours


$745 early bird price through July 19th

$795 July 20th - August 12th


Hilton Garden Inn Hartford South/Glastonbury

85 Glastonbury Blvd

Glastonbury, CT 06033

Booking Link: Click here to book hotel

Group Name: Search Institute

Arrival Date: 21-Aug-2019

Departure Date: 24-Aug-2019

More Hotel & Dining Options

Nearest Airport

Bradley International (BDL) Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.


August 21-22, 2019

Search Institute's framework and key components of Developmental Assets and the role of individual asset builders

Identify the general characteristics of effective asset builders in their own personal areas of strength and challenge

Understanding "circles of influence" and identifying the circles in which they have the greatest potential for impact

Exploring barriers to being an individual asset builder and strategies for moving toward action

How to make and share a personal commitment to asset-building actions and the steps you should take

How to make and share a personal commitment to asset-building actions and the steps you should take

How to identify multiple strategies and formats for sharing the asset message in your community

Become informed about Search Institute resources that can be used when you share the asset message

What You'll Learn in This Workshop

What you'll gain from this workshop:

This Workshop Includes:

This workshop includes:

  • Full curriculum to lead both workshops, Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message 
  • Online version of PowerPoint slides and downloadable handouts
  • Workshop materials
  • Access to private Facebook group of past & current training participants
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Opportunity to purchase discounted Essentials of Assets Building Library

For more information, contact Mary Shrader or call 800-888-7828 Ext 526.


Click to download the Essentials of Asset Building Fact Sheet

Essentials of Asset Building Training Policy

Search Institute's Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators Workshop is to intended to equip trainers to promote the Developmental Asset framework in support of organizational and community-based initiatives that promote positive youth development. Trainers who complete the workshop may deliver two workshops (Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message) to nonpaying attendees as part of their regular professional work. However, trainers are not authorized to market the Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators Workshop or content in an entrepreneurial fashion, nor are trainers allowed to train others to deliver the training. Essentials of Asset Building is the copyrighted property of Search Institute. All rights reserved.

What past attendees have said...

This workshop is designed for

  • Community coalition leaders
  • Concerned community members
  • Community organizers
  • Youth- and family-serving organization staff, particularly those involved in training staff
  • Youth volunteers
  • Educators
  • Social Workers

Wondering if this workshop is right for you?

Meet Search Facilitators

About the Presenter- Jim Conway

Jim Conway is a veteran trainer and speaker with over 25 years experience providing training and consultation to youth serving professionals and volunteers in educational and community-based organizations in the US and abroad. He has designed and delivered major training for Search Institute since 1995. For the last decade he also served as a lead trainer and presenter for Vision Training Associates. 

Jim has also served as a member of the national training team, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College, MA. 

Prior to beginning his career as a trainer and speaker on positive youth development, Jim served for 15 years in leadership roles of various programs for children and young adolescents.

Jim Conway


Search Institute

About Search Institute

For more than 50 years, Search Institute® has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.

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