For years, the Search Institute has been dedicated to the task of discovering what kids need to succeed. They have accomplished this by conducting intensive research in the fields of child and adolescent development, family life, community social change, and by partnering with organizations, communities, and schools around the world.
Their groundbreaking research, the 40 Developmental Assets (DVULI now introduces them in its Community Youth Development Workshop) has become a very credible resource in the field of adolescent development. It identifies those positive experiences and qualities young people need to become responsible adults. Building on this work, the Search Institute has published its most recent research project called Relationships First: Creating Relationships that Help Young People Thrive. This research project focuses on “studying and strengthening the developmental relationships that help young people thrive.” Such relationships, according to the Search Institute, “help young people attain the psychological and social skills that are essential for success in education and in life.”
I am confident you’ll find this new research on relationships helpful as you train, disciple, and empower the youth you serve. To access and download Relationships First, click here. After accessing the website, click the "latest research publication" link in the middle of the page to download the report. It is free for a limited time.