The Intentional Relationships Workshop

Live Online Workshops

Developmental Relationships Form the Roots of Success

We know you genuinely care about young people. It’s why you do what you do! But research makes an important distinction: although caring about kids is a great start, it’s not enough. 

In the same way that a tree’s roots need nutrients from different parts of soil to grow healthy and strong, young people grow and thrive when they have positive, intentional relationships with multiple adults in their life.

Developmental relationships help young people forge identities, learn new skills, and strengthen the roots of their success, so they can withstand the storms of life. Family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, program leaders, and others can help young people figure out who they are and who they can become.


    Caring alone isn’t enough…

    Building strong developmental relationships with young people has benefits far beyond the relationship itself. We know that youth with strong developmental relationships benefit powerfully in their learning and development through:

    • Increased academic motivation;
    • Increased social-emotional growth and learning (self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision making, social awareness, and self awareness)
    • Increased sense of personal responsibility; and
    • Reduced engagement in a variety of high-risk behaviors.

    That’s why it’s important for educators and youth leaders to be both intentional and inclusive when building relationships with young people. And that’s why we created the Intentional Relationships Workshop.

    You will learn to…

    • Identify the difference between being intentional and being inclusive.
    • Believe that relationships impacted your own development.
    • Assess your relational style using the Developmental Relationships Framework..
    • Understand the origin of the Developmental Relationships Framework.
    • Be able to identify the five elements of the Developmental Relationships Framework.
    • Identify some ways that the five elements are reflected in your current your practices.
    • Identify and commit to using one element of the framework in daily practice to cultivate developmental relationships with young people.
    • Identify approaches to building developmental relationships that are available in the Relationship Builder’s Guidebook, included in Workshop.

    Relationship Builder’s Guidebook

    Included in this workshop is Search Institute’s newest publication, The Relationship Builder’s Guidebook, a 200+ page guide to becoming more intentional in building developmental relationships. It includes strategies and activities that you can easily integrate into your class or group.

    Who Should Attend this Workshop?

    After-school and out-of-school programs
    Mentoring programs
    Juvenile justice organizations

    Workshop Dates

    May 24-25, 2022

    Virtual (via Zoom)

    12:00 pm-2:15 pm (CDT)

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    $245 through 05/10/2022

    $275 05/11/2022-05/19/2022

    Workshop workbook, link to new Relationship Builder’s Guidebook & meeting link will be distributed after registration closes.   Certificate of Completion will be issued


    Got Questions?

    We’re here to help you! Please reach out to contact us with any questions you may have.

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