Relationships are too important to leave to chance. Educational success and social-emotional development blossom when caring adults and supportive peers are present in young people's lives.
The Developmental Relationships Workshop introduces five core components of the Developmental Relationships Framework. Participants will learn practical ways to put these concepts into practice while strengthening motivation, persistence and other skills that are essential for success in school and beyond.
Search Institute has launched a major, multi-year effort to develop strategies and techniques to build positive relationships with kids. The institute's first studies have identified five common characteristics of developmental relationships through which kids learn to strive to be their best. These qualities are express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.
Igniting Sparks: Creating Connections That Help Youth Thrive
Educators and youth leaders know how motivating it can be for young people to discover their "sparks"—those activities and interests that truly engage kids to be their best. Discovering those sparks can help students express their personalities and make unique contributions to the world.
In the Igniting Sparks Workshop, you will learn how to motivate young people in your school, organization, or community by tapping their "sparks", those activities and interests that unleash a young person's energy and joy. Search Institute research shows that kids who thrive have two important supports: knowledge of what their sparks are and adults who support the development of those sparks. Kids who know and develop their "sparks" - and who have adults in their lives to help - have higher grades, better school attendance and physical health, empathy and social competence, concern for the environment, a desire to help others and a sense of purpose.
Learn how to motivate young people in your school, organization or community by tapping their "sparks," their deep passions and interests.
Participants in this blended workshop will
- examine the place of relationships in the lives of youth and the power of both approaches for deepening relationships between youth and adults
- review findings from studies at Search Institute that demonstrate the connections between strong relationships and strong youth outcomes
- explore the five components of Search Institute's Developmental Relationship Framework and identify ways to integrate the concepts into their ongoing work with young people
- explore Sparks as a tool for building developmental relationships
- become familiar with Search Institute's research on Developmental Relationships and Sparks with the context of thriving
Who should attend:
- Youth workers and program leaders, summer camp personnel
- K-12 educators, administrators, counselors, and staff
- Parent and family educators
- Staff from family-serving organizations
- Members of collective impact partnerships and other community coalitions