This seven-page brief shares lessons culled from more than 80 interviews with organizations, their workers and the youth that they support. Readers will learn about the powerful difference that a transformational relationship can make in a young person’s life and precisely what professionals and public systems can do to support these vital connections.

January 8, 2018

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What the term transformational relationship means.

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    Four ways that youth reported benefiting from these relationships.

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    Five ways workers behaved when successfully engaging youth.

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    Five ways organizations can better support transformational relationships.

Key Takeaway

The right relationship can make all the difference

This brief focuses on young people who have endured serious life challenges — like involvement in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems — and ultimately changed their lives for the better. While each transformation story is unique, many star the same difference maker: a strong connection with a caring professional.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations