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.
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Social Capital Assessment + Learning for Equity (SCALE) Measures
The Social Capital Assessment + Learning for Equity (SCALE) Measures User Guide and Technical Manual are tools that help organizations build social capital.
The Power of Social Capital
The Power of Social Capital highlights the importance of measuring social capital and its impact on young people.
Virtual Check-ins to Keep Connected
A series of digital check-ins designed to help practitioners engage in meaningful ways with the parenting adults and guardians of young people they serve.
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