Developing a Positive Identity


In today’s society many things are playing into our teens identities, but not all are positive. When it comes to developing a positive identity there are eight key assets to keep in mind and we want to share those with you.

  • Support: family support

  • Empowerment: feeling valued by adults in the


  • Boundaries & Expectations: family/school boundaries (clear rules and expectations), positive peer influences, adult role models, etc.

  • Constructive Use of Time: sports, activities, youth programs, etc.

  • Commitment to Learning: completing homework and readings, being involved, motivation to achieve

  • Positive Values: self-control, honesty, responsibility, equality and social justice, compassion, integrity

  • Social Competencies: planning and decision making, peaceful conflict resolution skills, interpersonal communication

  • Positive Identity: sense of purpose, positive view of personal future, self-esteem and personal power.


Knowing these 8 assets how can we as adults, community leaders, and parents help our teens achieve a positive identity?

  • Recognize Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Demonstrate Positive Values Daily

  • Develop a Purpose in Your Life that they see first hand

  • Form Meaningful Relationships with our Teens

  • Contribute to the Community

  • Help your teen Avoid Unhealthy Risky Behaviors

What are the pros to this type of lifestyle and goals?

  • Individuals who have a increased self-esteem typically have a higher level of mental and emotional health.

  • How a person feels mentally and physically will affect how they value themselves.

  • It is proven that individuals who have a positive outlook on life tend to live longer and healthier (mentally and physically).

  • See challenges as a way to grow and learn

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