Essentials of

Asset Building

for Trainers & Facilitators



FEBRUARY 26-27, 2018

Why the Developmental Asset Message is Important

Have you ever wondered why some kids seem to grow up with relative ease but other kids struggle?

Search Institute began asking this question almost 40 years ago. 

Since that time, we have collected data from more than 5 million children and youth worldwide, from all backgrounds and situations. We've developed a framework of 40 traits that are essential to young people's success, called Developmental Assets®. They are the experiences, opportunities, skills, and qualities that help young people make responsible and healthy choices. 

The research has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets® young people have in their lives, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming a happy, healthy, and contributing member of their communities and society. They are also less likely to engage in risk-taking behavior, such as alcohol or drug use.

Join us for the energizing two-day Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers and Facilitators workshop. This training will prepare you to deliver two core Search Institute designed workshops to your own community: Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message.

Everyone's an Asset Builder introduces the Developmental Assets® framework and the powerful role of individual asset builders in the lives of youth. This workshop will help participants:

  • identify the characteristics of effective asset builders and their own personal strengths and challenges 
  • understand “circles of influence” and identify those circles in which there is potential for asset building 
  • make and share a personal commitment to asset-building action

Sharing the Asset Message prepares community members and groups to deliver a variety of asset-building messages to multiple audiences. This workshop will help participants:

  • discuss how the assets relate to other positive youth development efforts
  • develop engaging presentation strategies to meet the unique needs of any audience
  • download free curriculum materials to use in your own presentations

Bring the Positive Youth Development Message to your Community or Organization

February 26-27, 2018

Search Institute Headquarters

3001 Broadway Street NE

Lower Level Conference Room

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Dates and Location

What you'll gain from this workshop

Dates: February 26-27, 2018

9 AM-4 PM each day

Location: Search Institute Headquarters

3001 Broadway Street NE

Lower Level Conference Room

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Price: $795.00 Includes: 

  • Full curriculum to lead both workshops, Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message 
  • Online version of PowerPoint slides and downloadable handouts
  • Workshop materials
  • Access to private Facebook group of past & current training participants
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Opportunity to purchase discounted Essentials of Assets Building Library

Early Bird Price: $745.00 if you register before January 26, 2018

Registration Deadline: February 20, 2018

For more information, contact Mary Shrader or call 800-888-7828 Ext 526.


CEUs Available: 12 Clock Hours

Travel Information: Coming Soon

Essentials of Asset Building Fact Sheet

Register for the workshop:

February 26-27, 2018

Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends January 26!

Essentials of Asset Building Training Policy

Search Institute's Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators Workshop is to intended to equip trainers to promote the Developmental Asset framework in support of organizational and community-based initiatives that promote positive youth development. Trainers who complete the workshop may deliver two workshops (Everyone's an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message) to nonpaying attendees as part of their regular professional work. However, trainers are not authorized to market the Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators Workshop or content in an entrepreneurial fashion, nor are trainers allowed to train others to deliver the training. Essentials of Asset Building is the copyrighted property of Search Institute. All rights reserved.

Sorry, this workshop is full

Stay for an optional third day- February 28

Stay an extra day to learn about Developmental Relationships + Sparks! Find out what we've discovered from looking two decades of our own data about relationships and the power of Sparks in the lives of young people. 

Search Institute has identified 5 elements of relationships that help kids thrive. We have found it’s the combination of these elements that really have power in kids development, They are:

  • Express care - kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care
  • Challenge growth - sometimes kids need love plus challenges
  • Provide support - active engagement of young people to complete tasks and achieve goals
  • Share power - helping kids know they have a voice and agency over what happens in their lives
  • Expand possibilities - helping kids connect with other people and places that will expand their world.

This workshop will teach you how to implement these important discoveries in the lives of youth!

Two workshops, back to back, same location.  SORRY, Developmental Relationships + Igniting Sparks is full.


Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is the closest airport. The hotels are located 20 to 35 minutes from the airport, depending upon traffic. 

Ground Transportation

The hotel does not provide shuttles to and from the airport. Cab or SuperShuttle are options for airport transportation. 

Suggested Hotel:

Radisson Hotel- Minneapolis/St. Paul North

2540 Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113

Phone: 651-636-4567

Rates begin at $117, subject to availability. 

Use this link to make a reservation:

Free shuttle service provided to Search Institute headquarters and free parking. 

Travel & Hotel Information

What past attendees have said...

Wondering if this workshop is right for you?

This workshop is designed for

  • Community coalition leaders
  • Concerned community members
  • Community organizers
  • Youth- and family-serving organization staff, particularly those involved in training staff
  • Youth volunteers
  • Educators
  • Social Workers

Sorry, this workshop is full

Meet our Presenter

Jim Conway


Search Institute

About the Presenter- Jim Conway

Jim Conway is a veteran trainer and speaker with over 25 years experience providing training and consultation to youth serving professionals and volunteers in educational and community-based organizations in the US and abroad. He has designed and delivered major training for Search Institute since 1995. For the last decade he also served as a lead trainer and presenter for Vision Training Associates. 

Jim has also served as a member of the national training team, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College, MA. 

Prior to beginning his career as a trainer and speaker on positive youth development, Jim served for 15 years in leadership roles of various programs for children and young adolescents.

About Search Institute

For more than 50 years, Search Institute® has been a leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what kids need to succeed. Our research, resources, and expertise help our partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people.

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