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Class or Group Setting

Strong developmental relationships require intentional, inclusive actions. We know that many young people do not experience consistent developmental relationships in schools and youth programs. But the good news is, we have the tools to build stronger relationships using activities and practices designed explicitly to respond to this critical need.

In classrooms and group settings, Search Institute has identified two strategies to be highly effective in deepening and strengthening relationships:

  1. Structured activities. These intentional and planned activities bring the five elements of Search Institute’s developmental relationships framework to life, creating personal connections with and among young people. Facilitators ensure that all young people in a class or group feel known, validated by, and connected with their peers and the adult(s) who are leading the class or group. The activities can also be used to build additional skills. Each activity can also include opportunities for participants to practice a variety of relational skills and CASEL’s Core Social-Emotional Learning Competencies.
  2. Everyday approaches. Relationship-building approaches are techniques that can be seamlessly integrated into existing programs or classroom activities tied to curricular and programmatic goals. Approaches to enhancing developmental relationships can be integrated into almost anything adults do with young people in a class or group.

The activities and approaches are intended to be flexible and respond to a variety of needs and priorities.

Relationship-Building Professional Development

Search Institute professional learning opportunities can help you develop the social and emotional competencies needed to build and support healthy relationships.

Discover how here