Mentor Tip: Positive Identity

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Subject: Mentoring tips on positive values

Young people need to develop a strong sense of their own power, purpose, worth, and promise. Developmental assets in this category identified by the Search Institute include the following.

Internal Asset Evidence
Personal power Young person feels he has control over "things that happen to me."
Self-esteem Young person reports having 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 future.

Think about how you can help young people develop a positive identity. 

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