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Building Connection: Conversation Starters for Youth in Challenging Times

By Search Institute We’ve all noticed that young people seem to escape into their own world. And it’s not just the screens and headphones. Let’s face it, these are challenging times for young people—and for all of us, to be fair. It’s challenging to find common ground and share a positive future for ourselves or […]

What is the “relationship gap” and why is it important?

By Search Institute Helping Students Thrive: Closing the Relationship Gap in Schools and Youth Programs We can not thrive in isolation. For young people, relationships are vital, because they are fundamental to their development. Relationships with caring adults are especially important for young people, and yet data routinely show that they don’t experience them as […]

Developmental relationships and student academic motivation: Current research and future findings.

Scales, P.C., Pekel, K., & Houltberg, B.J. (2022). Developmental relationships and student academic motivation: Current research and future findings. In A.L. Reschly & S.L. Christenson (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Student Engagement (pp. 257-283). Springer Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-07853-8_13 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence shows that student-teacher relationships in school settings are essential for motivation. […]

How a developmental relationships outlook can help us face our uncertain future

By Ben Houltberg, Ph.D., LMFT, President and CEO, Search Institute Promoting resilience for young people is critical in the months ahead. This process begins with a clear definition of what it is and what it is not. Resilience Through Relationships  Let’s start with what resilience is not. Resilience is not a character strength that emerges […]

Can social capital promote work readiness in opportunity youth? New study has answers

Boat, A. A., Syvertsen, A. K., & Scales, P. C. (2021). The role of social capital in promoting work readiness among opportunity youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 131, 106270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106270 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Measure of America (a Social Science Research council program) discovered that roughly one in nine American youth between sixteen […]

Nurturing Inclusive Relationships in Schools and Out‑of‑School Time Programs

By Search Institute Humans share a fundamental need to belong and feel included. Yet, too often, young people do not feel seen and welcome in their schools and programs. This is what we call a relationship gap—the distance between what young people need and what they experience. Creating a relational climate that is intentional, inclusive, […]

How “near-peer” relationships help young people develop social capital

By Ashley Boat, PhD, Search Institute Social capital matters. Greater access to social capital can benefit all young people as they work toward their education and career goals. Social capital consists of the resources that arise from a web of developmental relationships, which people can access and mobilize to help them improve their lives and […]

Bouncing Back with Intentional Relationships

By the Search Institute Remember the Joni Mitchell lyric from “Big Yellow Taxi”: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” That phrase could apply to relationships during the COVID‑19 pandemic. During the long months of isolation, many of us realized what we had taken for granted: […]

5 Steps for Building & Strengthening Students’ Networks

By Julia Freeland Fisher & Mahnaz Charania, PhD, Christensen Institute  What is this playbook and who is it for? This playbook was developed by the Clayton Christensen Institute to help K–12 and postsecondary leadership and nonprofits that work with those institutions implement and adapt strategies, tools, and metrics that build and strengthen their students’ networks […]

The Intervention is a Relationship

By: Kent Pekel, Ed.D and Peter C. Scales, Ph.D. Originally posted at Search Institute blog “I’ve read Paul Tough’s book and seen Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk and I’m sold that these noncognitive skills are important. What my school needs is a way to build those skills, but we also need another program like a hole in the […]