Developmental Relationships 

+ Igniting Sparks Workshop


FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Young People with Strong Relationships Report a Wide Range of Social & Emotional Strengths

It’s not enough to say that relationships matter. 

We’ve known for decades that high-quality relationships are essential to young people’s growth, learning, and thriving—including for those young people who face serious challenges in their lives and in the world around them.  

But still, as many as 40% of young people report feeling lonely. (1) 

If we say relationships really matter, how do we make them a true priority for all young people to experience? 

Growing evidence suggests that investing in the building of developmental relationships can be catalytic for effective education, programs, and services for children, youth, and families. 

But what makes a relationship “developmental”? In other words, what happens in relationships that contribute to learning, growing, and thriving? 

Relationships are developmental when they help young people discover who they are, develop abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them.

Search Institute has embarked on a major initiative to understand and document the day-to-day actions within relationships that contribute to a young person’s development. Our research team identified five critical elements of developmental relationships:

  • Express Care 
  • Challenge Growth 
  • Provide Support 
  • Share Power
  • Expand Possibilities

This workshop will introduce Developmental Relationships as a framework for assessing individual and organizational actions for building these strong relational connections with youth.

The Developmental Relationship workshop will be combined with Search Institute’s research on Sparks – a special quality, skill, or interest that a young person is passionate about and that unleashes their energy and joy. 

Helping youth explore their sparks can provide a gateway to building the kind of meaningful connections consistent with a developmental relationship approach to helping youth thrive. 

Participants will be introduced to a research-based framework and practical tools for maximizing those relationships in the lives of youth.

Building Developmental Relationships

February 28, 2018

Search Institute Headquarters

3001 Broadway Street NE

Lower Level Conference Room

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Date and Location

Register for the workshop:

Date: February 28, 2018

Location: Search Institute Headquarters

3001 Broadway Street NE

Lower Level Conference Room

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Times:  Continental Breakfast and Registration: 8:30 AM 

Workshop: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

Price: $250.00 Includes: 

  • Workshop materials
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Refreshments

Early Bird Price: $199.00 if you register before January 30!

Registration Deadline: February 21, 2018

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


CEUs Available: 6 Clock Hours

Workshop Date: February 28, 2018

Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends January 30, 2018!

Sorry, this event 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. 


Option 1:

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

Option 2:

Ramada Plaza Hotel

1330 Industrial Blvd. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Rates are $129 to $179, depending on date

Free shuttle service provided to Search Institute headquarters. Free Parking. 

To make a Reservation - call 612-331-1900 and mention Search Institute.

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

What past attendees have said...

"Our developmental relationship conversation was very helpful and sparks was very helpful. My brain is turning on ways to implement them and share them with my community. I love the intentionality....and how they all fit together."

The Rev. Susan Faye Wonderland, Synod of the Trinity

"Everybody can be the person who makes a difference. This is a framework to articulate how to bring everybody on board in the community. This shows how we can provide a safe scaffolding as kids are growing and exploring and pushing those boundaries."

Maureen Farrell, Hero Coalition

"We work with a lot of high-risk kids. So this workshop has really shown me the power of building relationships with students. Relationships are the foundation of building trust with the child. Search institute has been phenomenal with giving us the tools to help our kids and give them structure so we can move them along."

Leslie Myles, Communities in Schools Georgia

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

Wondering if this workshop is right for you?

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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.

Jim Conway


Search Institute

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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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