What are Developmental Relationships?

Developmental relationships are the gateway to building protective factors within youth.

Expressing Care

  • Be dependable
  • Listen
  • Believe in me
  • Be warm
  • Encourage me

Sharing Power

  • Respect me
  • Include me
  • Collaborate with me
  • Let me lead

Challenging Growth

  • Expect my best
  • Stretch
  • Hold me accountable
  • Reflect on failures

Providing Support

  • Navigate
  • Empower
  • Advocate
  • Set boundaries

Expanding Possibilities

  • Inspire
  • Broaden horizons
  • Connect

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Relationship Quiz

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Safe Passage Inc. & Prevention
PO Box 235
Batesville, Indiana 47006
812-932-SAFE (7233)

This project is supported in part (or in whole) by grant, 03215VAGX006403 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Views contained herein are those of the author and do not represent the position of USDOJ or ICJI.

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