Blog Archive

Sparks are the activities and interests that truly engage kids to be their best. This story from Timothy St. Peter, a prevention specialist in Williamson County, Texas, demonstrates the power sparks have to inspire and motivate young people.

Publish Date: 2015-Nov-12

Too many family engagement efforts are about getting families to support what an institution does, like a school or youth program, and overlook the one thing about which parents care deeply and that can powerfully benefit their children's development: relationships in the home.

Publish Date: 2015-Nov-04

Search Institute has identified five essential actions in parent-child relationships that help children and teens grow up well. Here are some discussion-starter questions that can help you talk with your children and teens about different parts of your relationship.

Publish Date: 2015-Oct-29

This webinar will introduce the major findings from the study and invite participants to explore concrete ways to use the study to strengthen their work with families.

Publish Date: 2015-Oct-22

As educators, we often emphasize the wrong things when we urge parental involvement. Rather than asking parents to reinforce what we do in schools, we need to find ways to reinforce what parents can do to be effective parents.

Publish Date: 2015-Oct-13

National Bullying Prevention Month shines a spotlight on this critical issue in schools. Bullying undermines learning and development, and it can have tragic consequences for students.

Publish Date: 2015-Sep-25

With so many different groups serving young people in a variety of ways, it can be challenging to implement a shared vision, shared goals, and a shared strategy for youth development in a community.

Publish Date: 2015-Sep-23


Sparks are the interests, passions, or skills that "light fires" in people's lives. They engage and motivate us, fueling a sense of purpose and direction in life.

Publish Date: 2015-Sep-16

What does it mean to create a culture of youth voice? What roles do young people and adults play in creating this culture? How can it be implemented and sustained?

Publish Date: 2015-Sep-10

Looking for professional development opportunities this fall? Join us this November for Search Institute’s most popular workshops—The Perseverance Process and Essentials of Asset Building.

Publish Date: 2015-Aug-26

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