DMB communities are special places with robust strengths and rich connections that contribute to the success of the children who grow up in Eastmark, Marley Park and Verrado. And the research supports this.
According to the Search Institute – an applied social science research organization focused on the healthy development of young people – there is significant evidence that specific community assets contribute to children’s health and well-being. The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the power to influence the choices young people make to help them become caring, responsible adults.
DMB communities excel in many of the 40 Developmental Assets. Here’s 15 that stand out:
(1) Family Support – Provides high levels of consistent and predictable love, physical care, and positive attention.
(2) Other Adult Relationships – Experiences consistent, caring relationships with adults outside the family.
(3) Caring Neighbors – Relationship network include neighbors who provide emotional support.
(4) Caring Climate in Childcare and Educational Settings – Creates environments that are nurturing, accepting, encouraging, and secure.
(5) Parent Involvement in Childcare and Education – Collaborates to create a consistent and supportive approach to fostering successful growth.
(6) Community Cherishes and Values Children – Welcomed and included throughout community life.
(7) Children Seen as Resources – Invests in a system of family support and high-quality activities.
(8) Service to Others – Opportunities to perform meaningful and caring action for others.
(9) Safety – Ensures children’s health and safety.
(10) Neighborhood Boundaries – Encourages positive acceptable behavior and intervene in negative behavior.
(11) Adult Role Models – Adults model self-control, social skills, engagement in learning, and healthy lifestyles.
(12) Positive Peer Relationships – Opportunities to interact positively with other children.
(13) Positive Expectations – Supports behaving appropriately, undertaking challenging tasks, and performing activities to the best of their ability.
(14) Play and Creative Activities – Opportunities to play in ways that allow self-expression, physical activity, and interaction with others.
(15) Out of Home and Community Programs – Experiences well designed programs led by competent, caring adults in well maintained settings.