Developmental Relationships 

+ Igniting Sparks Workshop


AUGUST 23, 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

AUGUST 23, 2019

Anthony H. Gallicchio Training Center 

 125 Maxim Rd.

Hartford, CT 06114

Date and Location


Date: August 23, 2019


Anthony H. Gallicchio Training Center 

125 Maxim Rd.

Hartford, CT 06114


8:30 AM Breakfast and Check In 

9:00 AM Workshop Start Time

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch provided

4:30 PM Workshop End Time

Facilitator: Jim Conway

Price: $250.00 Includes: 

  • Workshop materials
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Refreshments

Early Bird Price: $199.00 if you register before July 19th!

Regular Price: $245 July 20th through August 12th 

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


CEUs Available: 6 Clock Hours


Bradley International (BDL) 

Schoephoester Rd

Windsor Locks, CT 06096


Hilton Garden Inn Hartford South/Glastonbury

85 Glastonbury Blvd

Glastonbury, CT 06033

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Group Name: Search Institute

Arrival Date: 21-Aug-2019

Departure Date: 24-Aug-2019

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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?

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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