Blog Archive

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D., President and CEO

Holidays can be tricky things for educators, youth program staff, and other adults who work with young people.

Author: Kent Pekel    Publish Date: 2016-Feb-09

How do we help young people tackle problems so that they develop the expertise they’ll need to solve other problems in the future?

Publish Date: 2016-Feb-02

Sometimes people say they can't be mentors because they don't know what to do. Here are ideas you can use to build positive mentoring relationships that will have a lasting impact on kids' lives.

Publish Date: 2016-Jan-20

The framework of Developmental Assets® offers a lens to reflect on how you lead a class, training, or workshop that models some of the core principles of asset building. Here are ideas for leading an event, organized around the eight categories of Developmental Assets.

Publish Date: 2016-Jan-12

What specific actions can adults take in their relationships with young people that help youth learn, grow, and thrive? Search Institute’s newest research identifies five essential actions that lay the foundation for a powerful mentoring relationship.

Publish Date: 2016-Jan-04

To answer this question, we asked some youth development professionals why they work with Search Institute. Read about the vital role Search Institute plays in the lives and work of people on the front lines of education and youth development.

Publish Date: 2015-Dec-29

By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D.
Twenty-five years ago, in December 1990, I received a just-published report from my soon-to-be mentor and colleague, Peter Benson. Titled The Troubled Journey, the report introduced Search Institute’s groundbreaking framework of Developmental Assets®.

Publish Date: 2015-Dec-17

Dozens of online tools make it easy to create a survey these days. These tools are great resources. But a good survey platform doesn't make it easy to create a good survey. A good survey depends on asking really good questions.

Publish Date: 2015-Dec-09

Recognizing and emphasizing strengths in young people isn’t a naïve way to ignore problems, challenges, and risks. Rather, it taps their motivations and capacities to learn, grow, and improve.

Publish Date: 2015-Dec-02

Character strengths such as perseverance, responsibility, empathy, and communications are critical for students’ success in school and in life. These strengths are “caught” more than they’re “taught” through the ways teachers, other staff, parents, and peers connect with young people.

Publish Date: 2015-Nov-18