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In your hands, youth development research can advance equity and help all young people thrive.

Practical solutions to help youth succeed wherever they are.

Put our research to work with these practical solutions so that you can help all young people become their best selves.

Professional Learning

High-quality learning experiences that will inspire and equip you to help young people thrive:

  • Workshops to build and strengthen relationships with young people

  • Tailored learning experiences to fit your organization’s needs

  • Practical tools and resources to use in your classroom, program, or organization

Learn About Workshops


Surveys to help you understand your young people and support their development:

  • Give youth a voice with valid and reliable indicators of young people’s experiences

  • Gather actionable data and insights on developmental relationships, social and emotional competencies, and equitable practices

  • Measure growth and impact over time

Learn About Surveys

Young people’s development is rooted in relationships.

Visit our Resources Hub for tools to build strong relationships with young people:

  • Build developmental relationships in a class, group, or other setting.
  • Discover how to create relationship-rich organizations.
  • Ground your practice in trusted evidence and applied research.
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World-renowned research to help all young people to thrive.

We use multiple methods and rigorous approaches in our research design, to understand and promote positive youth development at the intersection of foundational relationships and equity.

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Current Research

Search Institute’s most powerful learning occurs at the nexus of theory, research, and practice. Our current work focuses on unlocking the power of relationships that promote positive youth development.

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Developmental Relationships

Young people are more likely to succeed when they experience developmental relationships with important people in their lives. Our research-based resources and insights help build these relationships.

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Youth Development

Over six decades, we’ve built a wide array of applied research to support positive youth development, including Developmental Assets®, student motivation and achievement, and more.

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Our Impact

60 Years Promoting Positive Youth Development

Youth surveyed

6 M+

Organizations served

10000 +

Professionals trained

65000 +

Developmental Relationships In Action

Download the Developmental Relationships Framework

"Search Institute provides an evidence-based foundation about how kids thrive and succeed. If we build these assets around them, we know we’re making an impact."

Scott Matthew

Executive Director, Williamson County (TX) Juvenile Services

"The ability to intentionally help young people to develop strong relationships with adults and their peers is singularly important to the way that we do our work."

Stephanie Wu

Program Development and Impact Services, City Year, Boston

"Society depends on the collaboration of folks in neighborhoods working together to solve community problems. That can’t happen without developmental relationships."

Sarah Andes

Senior Director Of Programming, Generation Citizen, New York

"Search Institute is a national treasure. It provides the new ideas and the research America needs to grow healthy and successful youth."
Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and Founding Chairman of America’s Promise

Our work has been featured in

Developmental Psychology
Time Magazine
Journal of Positive Psychology
The New York Times
Journal of Youth Adolescence
The Huffington Post
Education Week
Contemporary Educational Psychology
Child Development