How can you grow developmental relationships with young people?

This FREE Relationship-building tool will help you get to know the young people in your life


We know that building developmental relationships is critical to young people's development. But we also it can be time-consuming.


To help simplify the process, we are sharing a free downloadable tool called the 4 S's Interview to create connections quickly and lay the groundwork for building strong relationships.


The 4S's Interview is designed for getting to know a young person by validating four important aspects of their lives:

  • Sparks: Talents, deep interests, and activities that bring enjoyment and meaning to life
  • Strengths: Skills, behaviors, attitudes, and values that promote success and development
  • Struggles: Problems that cause concern and potentially undermine success and development
  • Supports: People and programs that nurture sparks, build on strengths, and reduce struggles

We invite you to download this tool, along with the Video Discussion Guide to better get to know the young people in your life!


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