Best Buy/Search Institute - Teen Research

Kara Powell | Jul 22, 2010

I’m a fan of the Search Institute. Their 40 Developmental Assets have been very important in the way we think about holistic ministry.

I was interested to see that Best Buy and the Search Institute had joined forces to conduct research summarized in this Teen Voice Report. One of the interesting findings is that 80% of 15 year olds dont feel like they have enough positive & meaningful relationships with adults, and just 22% feel like they can speak their minds about things that matter to them.

Sometimes it seems like kids don’t want adults around. But they really do. We just need to take time, and as my friend and colleague, Chap Clark, says, “Sit on the steps of their world” and show that we really care.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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