The Ordinary Magic of Modern Families: New, National Research on Family Strengths

Search Institute recently released the groundbreaking American Family Assets Study, a first-of-its-kind national study that shows how family strengths positively relate to important priorities for young people, such as school engagement, health, and contributing to community life. The study paints a new portrait of families based on their relationships and what they do together, highlighting concrete ways all families can be strong.

In this webinar, Acting President and CEO of Search Institute, Eugene Roehlkepartain, and Dr. Amy Syvertsen, Research Scientist and Principal Investigator behind The American Family Assets Study, will present their cutting-edge and heartening research findings. They will also introduce new Family Asset-building ideas for family members and organizations reaching parenting adults, inviting participants to explore how they can use the Family Assets to strengthen their own families and in their work with other families.

In this webinar you will…

  • Learn more about the strengths and challenges of families from The American Family Assets Study.
  • Interact with the new Family Assets Framework—a research-based set of key qualities, relationships, and supports that help families thrive.
  • Identify practical ways to help shift the conversation from deficit-based emphases to positive and empowering messages for all families.
  • Collect practical tips to identify, celebrate, and invest in the strengths that are present and possible in all kinds of families.
  • About the Experts

    Amy K. Syvertsen, Ph. D.

    Dr. Amy Syvertsen is a research scientist at Search Institute. She is also the Principal Investigator behind The American Family Assets Study. She holds a master’s degree in Youth and Family Education and a doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State. Her work at Search Institute blends the themes of developmental systems theory, adolescent civic engagement, and positive youth development. Amy--a daughter, sister, aunt, partner, mother, and researcher--lives in Eden Prairie, MN with her husband and one-year-old son.

    Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

    Eugene Roehlkepartain is Acting President and CEO of Search Institute, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization, where he has worked for more than 20 years in a variety of roles. Author or editor of more than 30 books and reports, Roehlkepartain is widely recognized as an expert in child, youth, and family development in community contexts. He is a doctoral student in the Education, Curriculum, and Instruction department at the University of Minnesota, with a specialization in Family, Youth, and Community. Roehlkepartain lives in St. Louis Park, MN, with his wife and son, and continues to parent his eldest college student from afar.