The Developmental Relationships Workshop

Why are some relationships transformative for young people’s growth and development, while others seem to have little, if any, impact? Developmental relationships help young people discover who they are, shape their own lives and learn how to contribute to the world around them. This workshop helps you be intentional and strategic in strengthening relationships in schools, youth programs and families.


Who Should Attend

  • Youth workers
  • Youth program leaders
  • Educators
  • Staff from family-serving organizations
  • Members of collective impact partnerships and other community coalitions


What Participants Will Learn

  • The ways that developmental relationships help young people learn to strive to be their best
  • Key findings from studies at Search Institute and elsewhere that demonstrate the connections between strong relationships and strong youth outcomes
  • The five core components of Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Framework and identify ways to integrate the concepts into their ongoing work with young people
  • To reflect on the things you currently do—and can start to do—to build strong relationships with young people
  • How developmental relationships build upon Search Institute’s longstanding research on Developmental Assets


What participants Will Receive

Print materials that summarize and support implementation of Search Institute’s new Developmental Relationships Framework.


Format Options

  • Half-day workshop
  • One-hour keynote



Jim Conway, Kent Pekel, Kelly Felton or Lacey Allen

CEUs Available

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“Everybody can be the person who makes a difference. This is a framework to articulate how to bring everybody on board in the community. This shows how we can provide a safe scaffolding as kids are growing and exploring and pushing those boundaries.”- Maureen Farrell, Hero Coalition

“We work with a lot of high-risk kids. So this workshop has really shown me the power of building relationships with students. Relationships are the foundation of building trust with the child. Search institute has been phenomenal with giving us the tools to help our kids and give them structure so we can move them along.”- Leslie Myles, Communities in Schools Georgia

For questions about an onsite workshop, please visit our on-site workshop FAQ page, or click below to fill out a form and a Search Institute representative will contact you.

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