Developmental Relationships and Igniting Sparks:Creating Connections That Help Youth Thrive

Friday, 6 October 2017 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

All times local.

Creating connections that help youth thrive! Learn how to motivate young people in your school, organization, or community by tapping into their "sparks" (those activities that truly engage kids to be their best). Discover the central role of sparks in engaging youth to learn, contribute, and grow. Explore how to engage young people in identifying, cultivating, and expressing their sparks, and develop strategies for intentionally engaging young people in conversations and actions that are rooted in their passions and interests.

Participants in this two-part workshop will

  • examine the place of relationships in the lives of youth and the power of both approaches for deepening relationships between youth and adults
  • review findings from studies at Search Institute that demonstrate the connections between strong relationships and strong youth outcomes
  • explore the five components of Search Institute's Developmental Relationship Framework and identify ways to integrate the concepts into their ongoing work with young people
  • explore Sparks as a tool for building developmental relationships
  • become familiar with Search Institute's research on Developmental Relationships and Sparks with the context of thriving

Who should attend:

  • Youth workers and youth program leaders
  • Educators, administrators, school counselors, school staff, parent educators
  • Staff from family-serving organizations
  • Members of collective impact partnerships and other community coalitions​


Dreyfus University Center-Laird Room
1015 Reserve Street
Stevens Point

Registration Fees

Cost of workshop: Public Attendee and UWSP Faculty/Staff $59 Lunch and handbook included with registration for public attendees. UWSP Student Noncredit option $30 UWSP Student Credit Option HPW 490/690 $0 UWSP students wanting to register for the one-credit course, HPW 490/690, offered in conjunction with this workshop must register for the class through AccessPoint or by calling the Registrar's Office at 715-346-4301. The $30 special course fee covers your enrollment in the workshop. Credit tuition is in addition to the $30 special course fee. Special Course fees: Some courses require additional fees to cover the cost of materials and services beyond those usually provided. These fees are charged in addition to the tuition cost. Special course fees are non-refundable after the first week of class. ​