Developmental Assets: The Power of Relationships

In this session we will take a look at the ACE Study (adverse childhood experiences), the effects of adverse experiences, and how we can build resiliency in individuals with high ACE scores. Relationships are vital resources in young people's development, and assets are built primarily though positive, healthy relationships. The Search Institute released a framework of the 40 Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Data collected from Search Institute surveys of more than 4 million children and youth from all backgrounds and situations has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and society.

During the current pandemic, most of us have been physically separated for several weeks due to social distancing. This has created the need for youth workers and caregivers to find new & creative ways to build assets with our youth. Join us as we discover ways to promote resiliency, optimism & relational connections in young people.


Joelle Schrader (Leadership Academy Coordinator), joined Great KIDS in January of 2018. She holds a BS in Communications from Ball State University. Joelle is an experienced trainer and motivational speaker who has over 20 years of experience in the field of professional training & development. Joelle completed the “Essentials of Asset Building” from Search Institute & the ACE Interface Master Trainer Curriculums in 2019. In her role at Great KIDS, she primarily coordinates the Leader Impact Academy. The purpose of the Academy is to empower leaders from all professional sectors to advance the well-being of Allen County’s children and families. In addition, Joelle offers training on the 40 Developmental Assets, ACEs, as well as Say Yes to No. Prior to coming to Great KIDS, Joelle worked in the financial industry. She also serves as a presenter for The Respect Team.

Jessica Gervais (Training Coordinator), joined Great KIDS in January of 2017. She earned her BSW from the University of Saint Francis, where she developed a passion for empowering youth and families. Jessica continues to stay connected to USF by serving on their Social Work Community Advisory Board. Jessica completed the “Essentials of Asset Building” Training of Trainers from Search Institute in 2017 & 2019, and offers training on the 40 Developmental Assets to agencies and organizations throughout Allen County. Additionally, she completed the ACE Interface Master Trainer Curriculum in 2019. Jessica devotes a majority of her time with Great KIDS to the Mental Health Training Series, which offers training and education on youth development strategies to the community.

This training will be offered online through Zoom (a training link will be sent to your email prior to the session).

This session will be interactive, requiring use of your computer camera and microphone at time.

Space is limited to 50 participants.

One (1) CEU will be offered to participants.

Date and Time

Thu, April 30, 2020

2:00pm - 3:30pm




Zoom Meeting