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Relationship-Rich Youth Programs and Schools 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

1:30-2:30pm CDT

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Search Institute’s research suggests that when young people experience relationships with adults that are characterized by five essential elements, their attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes are better and their risk behaviors are lower. 

Those five elements are expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power, and expanding possibilities. Educators, youth workers, parents and other adults can use Search Institute’s new Developmental Relationships Framework to transform the connections they build with and among young people. In addition, schools, programs, and organizations that serve families can use the framework to create environments where all young people experience developmental relationships. 

During this webinar Search Institute’s President and CEO, Dr. Kent Pekel, will share some of the lessons that Search Institute is learning about creating youth-serving organizations where developmental relationships thrive.

What you'll learn in this webinar:

The five elements of the Developmental Relationships Framework and why they matter 

How to use two practical tools that help staff and volunteers build relationships with young people that are both intentional and inclusive


The most common obstacles to building developmental relationships in youth-serving organizations

A process for helping staff change practice to make their work with young people more positively and powerfully developmental 

Kent Pekel is an educator who has worked at the school, district, state, federal, and university levels. Throughout his diverse career, he has sought to bridge the divides that too often exist between educational practice, research, and policy. 

Kent is currently President and CEO of Search Institute, an internationally recognized research organization that studies and works to strengthen youth outcomes in schools, families, out-of-school time programs, and communities.


Prior to joining Search Institute in 2012, Kent served as the founding Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium, where he led the creation of Ramp-Up to Readiness, an advisory program for middle and high school students that has been adopted by more than 200 schools in eight states, engaging more than 100,000 students each year. While at the University, Kent also led the launch and expansion of the Minnesota Principals Academy, a year-long executive development program that to date has engaged more than 400 Minnesota school leaders in the study and replication of high performing schools and systems.


About our presenter:

Dr. Kent Pekel,

President and CEO,  Search Institute

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