Keep Connected Institute
for Strengthening Family Relationships
New Dates Coming Soon!
This 2-day workshop, designed for teams of 2 or more, will teach you how to bring Keep Connected to your community, school or program - and give you the tools for success!
The workshop is designed for teams of two or more from an organization who will work together to coordinate the program and facilitate parent, youth, and family sessions.
The workshop is designed for teams of 2 or more who work with youth and parents, especially:
Who should attend?
Early bird registration: $745 -
Registration through: $795 -
Registration for 3 or more: Group discounts are available.
Contact Mary Shrader at 800-888-7828 for group discount information.
Workshop fee includes:
Questions? Contact us for more information.
The Keep Connected Institute includes 2-year access to our online curriculum and online tools and resources, including facilitator materials and strategies for recruitment and retention and effective facilitation.
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The Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships is a research-based program for strengthening parent and child relationships during the critical middle school years. It prepares program leaders and facilitators to utilize the Keep Connected curriculum through a series of seven relationship strengthening workshops and associated activities.
The Strengthening Family Relationships resources consist of two primary components – the Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships, a two-day training institute for parent and youth facilitators, and online access for two years following training to the most current Keep Connected curriculum and support information.
Individuals trained at the Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships may deliver the curriculum to parents and youth for the sponsoring organization as part of their regular professional work. However, trained individuals are not authorized to market the Keep Connected curriculum or content in an entrepreneurial fashion. Trained individuals are not authorized to train others to deliver the Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships or Keep Connected.
Online access to the Keep Connected resources will belong to the sponsoring organization which sends individuals to the Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships (e.g. school or community based organization). Your purchase of this program is a license to use the curriculum, as described here, for a period of two years.
Keep Connected is the copyrighted property of Search Institute. All rights reserved.
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About the Keep Connected Program
Healthy, strong family relationships are foundational to young people’s growth, learning, and well-being. These relationships build strong social and emotional strengths that kids use throughout their lives.
But great family relationships don’t just happen.
Keep Connected offers all kinds of families - and organizations that support them ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships. Our goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves.
Keep Connected in Action
Youth gather together for a Keep Connected session in IJ Holton Intermediate School in Austin, MN.
Keep Connected sessions at Jubilee Housing, Inc. in Washington, DC. began with a shared meal.
"I find it to be a holistic approach. I think you need to deal with everyone in the home; kids are often left out of family conversations..."
- Marcus Clark, Jubilee Housing, Inc.,
What Others have Said About the Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships
About our Presenters
As Vice President of Research and Development, Roehlkepartain provides leadership for Search Institute’s research and development projects as well as serving as part of the nonprofit organization’s leadership team. Working with colleagues, he designs and implements major projects and partnerships aligned with Search Institute’s strategic priorities. He also represents the organization through consultations, presentations, and workshops.
Roehlkepartain joined Search Institute in 1991 and, prior to assuming his current position, has had a number of roles, including acting CEO, executive vice president, senior advisor to the president, and director of publishing.He has a Doctorate Degree in Family, Youth, and Community Education.
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D. Vice President, Research and Development, Search Institute
Director of Youth & Family Solutions, Search Institute
Fatima joined Search Institute in 2017 to provide strategic leadership and oversee development and coordination of the Relationships for Outcomes Initiative (ROI). In her role as Director of Youth and Family Solutions, she provides strategic and tactical leadership in Search Institute’s youth and family focused service area. She works closely with youth and family serving community organizations across the U.S. who are focused on improving youth outcomes by building developmental relationships with and among young people. She also consults with youth-serving agencies to build their capacity, provide high-quality youth programming and advance racial equity. In her more than 20 years in youth development, Fatima has gained extensive experience in program development and evaluation, project management, community outreach and engagement.
Before coming to Search, Fatima was the Director of Workforce Development for a local nonprofit for under-served youth and adults in North Minneapolis and the Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods. Prior to that, she led the vision and strategic direction of the citywide out-of-school time system for the City of Minneapolis. A skilled facilitator and trainer, Fatima has provided technical assistance to a number of local and national county-based human service systems and youth-serving organizations. She also serves as a consultant assisting youth-serving agencies to build their capacity in order to provide high-quality youth programming and advance racial equity.
What participants have said about the
Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships:
"This is really empowering for professionals in our field. It’s always valuable learning from people who are in the same boat as you. I feel like we need to find new ways to support families.”
- Michelle Morehouse,
IJ Holton Intermediate School, Austin, MN
“There were really well-defined steps within the actual workshop itself, and for us to be able to take the material and give it back to our people, I feel a lot more comfortable now after these three days of training.”
- Marcus Clark, Jubilee Housing, Inc.,
“It’s one thing to hear about a program from the top down. But it’s very different to sit with peers who have gone through it, and share those experiences. I feel like I can really go back and sell the program.”
- Kelly Skokowski,
YWCA Tri-County Area, Pottstown, PA
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 40 Developmental Assets are use worldwide and have been translated into __ languages. 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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2. Benson et al., 2011
3. (Bowman et al., 2012). A 2010 survey of 2,691 U.S. adults by the Pew Research Center similarly found that 76% said their family is the most important element of their lives, and 75% said they are very satisfied with their family (Taylor, 2010).
4. Heckman, 2008; Kuczynski, 2003; Laursen & Collins, 2009; Steinberg, 2001; Syvertsen, Roehlkepartain, & Scales, 2012; Tuttle, Knudson-Martin, & Kim, 2012
5. Reeves & Howard, 2013