Barbara Varenhorst

By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D., Senior Scholar Many people have influenced Search Institute’s work across our 60-plus years. But aside from staff, the person with the greatest influence on our work across multiple decades has been Dr. Barbara B. Varenhorst, who died last week at age 92. To understand why, it helps to start with […]

By Terri Sullivan, Ed.D., Search Institute’s Director of Applied Qualitative Research & Community Mobilization    Peers are necessities, not luxuries in human development.” (Hartup, 2009, p. 3) We know intuitively, and research affirms, that peer relationships play powerful roles in young people’s lives. Research points unequivocally to positive peer relationships as critical resources for youth […]