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Families and Networks

Young people develop resilience when they have at least one well-rounded, strong, and sustained relationship in their lives. And they thrive when they experience a broader web of relationships in their homes, schools, programs, and communities.

When we survey young people across all five elements of a developmental relationship, they often report the most strength in their relationships with parenting adults, followed by friends. We offer resources to tap into this core strength, acknowledging the essential role families and parenting adults play in young people’s learning and development.

Our work does not stop there.

Some of our most recent projects have focused on understanding how social capital and strong peer-to-peer relationships help youth and young adults secure education and/or employment opportunities. Social capital can be defined as the resources that arise from a web of relationships, which young people can access and mobilize to help them improve their lives and achieve their goals.

As a result, we have created resources for organizations that want to center social capital development in their work. These tools can help measure how young people experience the relationship-building efforts within programs and track the results to develop social capital.