youth lead

By Mackenzie Steinberg, Research and Development Communications VISTA at Search Institute At the time of our conversation, Rhoda Leos and Meredith Howe were knee deep into working at the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District on Project Worth. Project Worth is a program within the Health District that focuses on positive youth development and […]

City Year

By Eliel Gebru, Research Associate at Search Institute A few weeks ago, I was driving with a friend to a location that confused our trusted GPS. Our blue dot was dancing all over the screen. After we got there, my friend asked, “What did we do before Google Maps? Can you imagine living without it?” […]

Merton Strommen

By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development   The Rev. Merton P. Strommen, PhD, died peacefully on Monday, September 2, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was 100 years old. Dr. Merton P. Strommen was an internationally known pioneer in youth research who founded Search Institute, conducted dozens of studies, and was considered […]

We believe that building developmental relationships with young people is the single most influential thing adults can do to help them succeed. We know from our research that there’s a strong correlation between kids having strong developmental relationships in their lives and their likelihood to become thriving and contributing adults. But we also know that […]