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Youth Opportunity Toolkit

Insights, tools, and resources to support organizations and practitioners in promoting youth social capital so that all young people can reach their goals.

The Youth Opportunity Toolkit

The Youth Opportunity Toolkit supports schools and youth-serving organizations in understanding the importance of youth social capital, reflecting on organizational practices that promote social capital development, and introduces an approach for continuous improvement.

The Toolkit is organized around five key components to support you and your organization in getting started on your pathway to becoming a social capital promoting organization.

  1. Why Relationships Matter. Learn more about the transformative role of developmental relationships in the lives of young people.

  2. A Web of Relationships. Gain insight into the benefits of social capital and hear how social capital has helped young people reach their life goals.

  3. Social Capital Framework. Use our research-based framework to reflect on whether you and your organization have the enabling conditions in place to support young people’s social capital development.

  4. Youth Opportunity Checkup. Take a brief assessment to better understand how to become a social capital promoting organization.

  5. A Continuous Improvement Approach. Implement our continuous improvement tools to help you make sense of and act on your social capital data.


This Toolkit was developed based on research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The findings and conclusions contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.