Blog Archive

Historically, the juvenile justice system has operated from a deficit-based mentality. “The system would identify problems and try to fix those problems. This ends up being a very negative approach,” says Williamson County (TX) Juvenile Services> (WCJS) Executive Director Scott Matthew.

Publish Date: 2015-Aug-18

Read this guest blog by SCA Program Quality Manager Kate Hagner to learn more about the four-phase research partnership between Search Institute and the Student Conservation Association (SCA).

Publish Date: 2015-Aug-14

It's August, which for many of us means that it's time to start thinking about the start of the school year. With a new group of youth in your classroom or program, it’s important to establish rules and routines from the start to make the year run as smoothly as possible.

Publish Date: 2015-Aug-05

We asked these young people, "Why do you think it would be good if more kids learned to keep working on something in school even when it's hard and they don't understand it?" Click on the video to hear what they had to say.

Publish Date: 2015-Jul-29

Search Institute President and CEO Dr. Kent Pekel was interviewed for the latest issue of Thrivent Magazine on the ways in which adults can help kids get on the path to thriving.

Publish Date: 2015-Jul-15

The Roots of Engaged Citizenship Project has helped advance our understanding of how young people think about civic issues and grow into civically minded adults

Publish Date: 2015-Jul-08

Posters are great way to put research into practice, and remind adults who work with young people that small gestures can make a big impact.

Publish Date: 2015-Jul-01

People of all ages recognize the importance of change in their local communities and the world at large. Making change happen, however, can be a murky process. That's where Youthprise, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, comes in.

Publish Date: 2015-Jun-24

Every young person faces obstacles and challenges in school, in extracurricular activities—and in life. Helping young people work through those challenges is the main goal of Search Institute's popular workshop, The Perseverance Process: Strategies for Strengthening Academic Motivation and Persistence.

Publish Date: 2015-Jun-16

Is your organization or school looking for creative ways to engage your young people's parents and families? An all-new website from Search Institute,, is a great resource for parents.

Publish Date: 2015-Jun-11