Supportive Relationships

This session provides an overview of the role that supportive relationships play in promoting positive development within afterschool and youth programs. The role of staff is explored in depth in this session, as well as how to effectively create environments which foster meaningful relationships between adults and the young people they serve.


  • Identify essential elements of supportive youth-adult relationships
  • Identify elements in afterschool and youth development programs that support and hinder development of positive adult-youth relationships
  • Understand the relationship between resiliency and supportive relationships