"Every successful individual knows his or her achievements depends on each other."

Strategic Prevention Framework

Boone County Alliance uses the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s, and Strategic Prevention Framework as a comprehensive guide to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention problems.

About the SPF

SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework is a planning process for preventing substance use and misuse. The five steps and two guiding principles of the SPF offer prevention professionals a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their communities. The effectiveness of the SPF begins with a clear understanding of community needs and involves community members in all stages of the planning process.

SPF diagram

The Steps of the SPF include:

Step 1: Assess Needs: What is the problem, and how can I learn more about it?

Step 2: Build Capacity: What do I have to start working with?

Step 3: Plan: 
What should I do and how should I do it to be efficient and effective?

Step 4: Implement: 
How can I implement my plan into action steps?

Step 5: Evaluate: 
Is my plan succeeding and how can I evaluate it?

The SPF also includes two guiding principles:

Cultural competence: The ability to interact effectively with members of diverse population.

Sustainability: The process of achieving and maintaining long-term results

For more information on the SPF, please visit

40 Development Assets for Adolescents

Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

This particular list is intended for adolescents (age 12-18). For more information on the assets and the research behind them, please visit

External + Internal Assets

Asset 3@2x


  • Family Support | Family life provides high levels of love and support.
  • Positive Family Communication | Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.
  • Other Adult Relationships | Young person receives support from three or more nonparent adults.
  • Caring Neighborhood | Young person experiences caring neighbors.
  • Caring School Climate | School provides a caring, encouraging environment.
  • Parent Involvement in Schooling | Parent(s) are actively involved in helping the child succeed in school.
Asset 9@2x


  • Community Values Youth | Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth.
  • Youth as Resources | Young people are given useful roles in the community.
  • Service to Others | Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week.
  • Safety | Young person feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood.
Asset 4@2x

Boundaries & Expectations

  • Family Boundaries | Family has clear rules and consequences and monitors the young person’s whereabouts.
  • School Boundaries | School provides clear rules and consequences.
  • Neighborhood Boundaries | Neighbors take responsibility for monitoring young people’s behavior.
  • Adult Role Models | Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
  • Positive Peer Influence | Young person's best friends model responsible behavior.
  • High Expectations | Both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
Asset 5@2x

Constructive Use of Time

  • Creative Activities | Young person spends three or more hours per week in lessons or practice in music, theater, or other arts.
  • Youth Programs | Young person spends three or more hours per week in sports, clubs, or organizations at school and/or in community organizations.
  • Religious Community | Young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.
Asset 6@2x

Commitment to Learning

  • Achievement Motivation | Young person is motivated to do well in school.
  • School Engagement | Young person is actively engaged in learning.
  • Homework | Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.
  • Bonding to School | Young person cares about her or his school.
  • Reading for Pleasure | Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.
Asset 1@2x

Positive Values

  • Caring | Young Person places high value on helping other people.
  • Equality and Social Justice | Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
  • Integrity | Young person acts on convictions and stands up for her or his beliefs.
  • Honesty | Young person "tells the truth even when it is not easy."
  • Responsibility | Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
  • Restraint | Young person believes it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.
Asset 7@2x

Social Competencies

  • Planning and Decision Making | Young person knows how to plan ahead and make choices.
  • Interpersonal Competence | Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.
  • Cultural Competence | Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
  • Resistance Skills | Young person can resist negative peer pressure and dangerous situations.
  • Peaceful Conflict Resolution | Young person seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently.
Asset 8@2x

Positive Identity

  • Personal Power | Young person feels he or she has control over "things that happen to me."
  • Self-Esteem | Young person reports having a high self-esteem.
  • Sense of Purpose | Young person reports that "my life has a purpose."
  • Positive View of Personal Future | Young person is optimistic about her or his personal future.