Now, more than ever, we need to build strong relationships with young people.

The FREE 4S's Interview Tool will help you build strong relationships, even while social distancing.

We know that building developmental relationships is critical to young people's thriving. But during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, relationships become even more important.


Research tell us that young people need a web of positive relationships to successfully cope with stressful events. Caring alone is not enough.


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

Feel free to share the 4S's Interview tool, along with the video and discussion guide, with your staff, teachers and families--anyone who interacts with young people.


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