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Developmental Relationships Bootcamp

Create connections that help young people discover their potential.

Developmental Relationships Bootcamp

Choose from two dates: 

  •  March 20-21, 2018
  •  April 17-18, 2018

Regular Price: $795 Early Bird Price: $745 

Location: Search Institute Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN

Why Building Relationships Needs to be Intentional

We’ve known for decades that high-quality relationships are essential to young people’s growing, learning and thriving. Yet we know there is more work to do, because as many as 40% of young people report still feel lonely*.  

We have discovered the key to turning this statistic around is developmental relationships

Developmental relationships are close connections that young people have with adults and each other which help them:

  • discover who they are
  • gain abilities to shape their own lives
  • learn how to interact with and contribute to the world around them

We have learned through research that when young people experience developmental relationships with parents, teachers and others, they do better on a variety of psychological, social-emotional, academic and behavioral indicators. 

Our early data indicate that the more of these relationships young people have in their lives, the more likely they are to become successful, contributing adults.  

This workshop lays the foundation for youth-serving organizations to introduce and begin implementation of Search Institute’s Developmental Relationship framework. You’ll leave with a personalized plan to implement and share strategies that build developmental relationships with co-workers and staff in your school or youth organization.

Focusing on building these types of relationships will change the climate of your school or organization. It will remove the barriers to building relationships with young people. You will be able to be more intentional and inclusive in building developmental relationships.

*Relationships First: Creating Connections that Help Young People Thrive, Search Institute, 2017

Key Takeaways

  • A personalized action plan to implement developmental relationships in your organization
  • Resources to train your staff and coworkers to build relationships with students and young people
  • Powerpoints to use to train your own staff and coworkers
  • The Developmental Relationship Handbook

What you'll learn in this workshop:

Module 1: The Power of Relationships

  • What research from multiple disciplines tells us about the role of relationships in young people’s lives
  • Outcomes of two important experimental studies involving relationships
  • The role that relationships played in their own development

Module 2: Intro to the Developmental Relationships Framework  

  • The Developmental Relationships Framework and the research behind it  
  • Outcomes connected to the Developmental Relationships Framework 
  • Ways that young people in the United States today experience the relational actions outlined in the framework

Module 3: Understanding and Strengthening the Role of Relationships in Your Organization  

  • Evaluate the degree to which the schools or organizations they work in operationalize relationships
  • Obstacles to relationships in their organizations
  • Priorities for strengthening relationships in their schools, affiliates or organizations

Module 4: Strengthening Relationships in Your Practice

  • Reflect on their personal practice with young people and identify strengths and areas for growth
  • Develop a plan for building on strengths and improving practice in one or more areas of the Developmental Relationships Framework
  • Develop plans to work with one or more colleagues to provide support and accountability as they implement their plan

How to Register & Price

Two date options:

  •  March 20-21, 2018
  •  April 17-18, 2018

Regular Price: $795 Early Bird Price: $745 

(see early-bird deadlines below) 


9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Lunch will be provided


Search Institute

Lower Level Conference Room

3001 Broadway St. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413  

Schedule for Day 1 & Day 2:

8:30 AM: Registration & Breakfast 9:00 AM: Workshop Start Time 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break 4:30 PM: Workshop Ends


March 20-21, 2018

Early Bird Deadline

February 20, 2018

Registration Deadline: 

March 10. 2018


April 17-18, 2018 

Early Bird Deadline

March 20, 2018

Registration Deadline: 

April 10, 2018

About the Presenter

Kent Pekel, Ed.D. President and CEO Search Institute

Kent Pekel is an educator who has worked at the school, district, state, federal, and university levels. Throughout his diverse career, he has sought to bridge the divides that too often exist between educational practice, research, and policy.

Prior to joining Search, Kent Pekel served as the founding Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium and as the Executive Director of Research and Development in the Saint Paul Public Schools. He held several senior staff-level positions in the Clinton Administration, including White House Fellow assigned to the Director of Central Intelligence, Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Education. He also served as Executive Director of Research and Development in the Saint Paul Public Schools.  

Kent holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale, a Master’s in Education from Harvard and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota. He serves on the boards of MENTOR and Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.