Virtual Check-ins to Keep Connected
Through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic many of us faced new challenges to stay connected with young people and families.
This series of virtual check-ins provides a structure for practitioners who work with young people and families to connect with parents and guardians in a virtual environment. It focuses on creating a community among parents and guardians while also providing resources for families to use at home that emphasize positive parent-youth relationships by spending enjoyable and meaningful time together.
These sessions are tied to Search Institute’s developmental relationships framework, reflecting our decades of research on what helps young people thrive and grow.
The topic of the check-ins are:
Introduction to Developmental Relationships
The virtual check-ins are presented in the order that they appear in Search Institute’s developmental relationships framework. But they work as standalone sessions that can be used in whatever order that serves your program, calendar, and community. They may be used on their own or as a series.
Tips on How to Use the Virtual Check-ins
Select a technology platform that is accessible to the families (videoconference or teleconference).
Invite parents and guardians to participate. The sessions are designed for groups of six – 10 parents, not more. Personal invitations that describe what to expect will be most effective.
Review the facilitator guide for each session, and prepare for the check-in session.
One or two days in advance, send each participating parent/guardian the material for the session. You can post on your organization’s website, send parents links via email, and share PDFs of materials.
Send an email or text reminder to parents and guardians the day before the check-in session.
Facilitate the 30-minute online session. Be sure to maintain the time limit. If some people want to continue talking, make it clear that the session is over and people are free to leave. Some may continue (if that’s okay).
Follow up with the parents, sending another copy of the session materials and next steps.
Use the check-ins in any order, and in any way, that works for the families that you support.
Download the facilitator's guides below:
Social Capital Assessment + Learning for Equity (SCALE) Measures
The Social Capital Assessment + Learning for Equity (SCALE) Measures User Guide and Technical Manual are tools that help organizations build social capital.
The Power of Social Capital
The Power of Social Capital highlights the importance of measuring social capital and its impact on young people.
Relationships That Matter: 5 Keys to Helping Your Child Succeed
A workshop facilitator guide from Search Institute designed for schools and programs to engage with families.