Build Social Emotional Strengths through Intentional Relationships
It’s not enough to say that relationships matter.
We’ve known for decades that high-quality relationships are essential to young people’s growing, learning, and thriving—including for those young people who face serious stresses in their lives and in the world around them. But many professionals who work directly with youth–especially youth from marginalized communities–face challenges in forming well-rounded relationships that connect with the diverse needs of youth.
In fact, we know that 20% of youth report having no developmental relationships in their life, and another 20% report only having one.
Educational success and social-emotional development blossom when caring adults and supportive peers are present in young people’s lives, and build developmental relationships.
Relationships are developmental when they help young people discover who they are, nuture abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them.
Our research team identified five critical elements of developmental relationships:
- Express Care
- Challenge Growth
- Provide Support
- Share Power
- Expand Possibilities
In the Developmental Relationships – Bring Intention to Practice workshop, you'll learn to be intentional and inclusive in strengthening developmental relationships with young people.
Join us for Developmental Relationships – Bring Intention to Practice Workshop
Choose the dates that work best for you:
What you'll learn in this workshop:
Become familiar with the five critical elements of Search Institute’s research-based Developmental Relationships Framework
Review findings from research studies at Search Institute that demonstrate the connections between developmental relationships and strong youth outcomes
Reflect on the things you currently do—and can start to do—to build strong relationships with young people
Identify and commit to using one element of the framework in daily practice to cultivate developmental relationships among young people
What you'll receive:
Interactive pdf workbook and materials
Certificate of Completion
This workshop is designed for individuals and small teams from youth-serving organizations, such as:
- After-school and out-of-school programs
- Mentoring programs
- Juvenile justice organizations
- Faith communities
Have a large group? We can bring the workshop to your location. Contact us for more information.
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About Search Institute
For more than 60 years, Search Institute® has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.
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