What Is Social Capital?
A youth’s positive bonds with people who can provide advice, counsel and access to what they need to succeed.
Why Does Social Capital Matter?
Social capital is considered important for building a youth’s support network and sense of belonging within their environment (Benson, 2008; McLaughlin, 2000; Mishook, et al., 2012).
How Can Programs Boost Social Capital?
Prioritize Young People: Express to youth often that you expect them to try hard and do their best.
Facilitate Peer-to-Peer Engagement: Make sure your program includes opportunities for youth to work together in groups with other youth they’ve never met.
Coach Young People to Set and Achieve Their Goals: Help youth set personal goals and create plans to complete them. Encourage youth to take risks and push themselves and try activities/projects, especially when something was hard.
- Connected Learning Alliance | GeekOut Interview - “Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning”: https://vimeo.com/160306564
- TEDxWilmington | Sadhana Pasricha - “Social Capital - The Critical Assets for Success”: http://bit.ly/2wc5a4M
- 4H Center for Youth Development | Social Capital & Implications for Positive Youth Development: http://ow.ly/fTRL30aqb0X
- ACT For Youth Upstate Center of Excellence | Social Capital & the Well-Being of Youth: http://ow.ly/7bNV30aq8Hu
- Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | "A conversation with Professor Bernadette Sanchez": http://ow.ly/7ge530aq8Bx
- Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring | "Robert Putnum on Why Mentors Matter" http://ow.ly/N33V30aq8zK
- Hive Research Lab | On-Ramps, Lane Changes, Detours and Destinations: Building Connected Learning Pathways in Hive NYC through Brokering Future Learning Opportunities: http://bit.ly/1VRJn5y
- University of Maryland Extension | “Increasing Social Capital through Culturally Relevant Positive Youth Development”: http://bit.ly/2f7D7fU
Mishook, J., Gurantz, O., Borsato, G. N., Hewitson, M., Martinez, M., McGinnis, E., et al. (2012). College readiness indicator. Providence, RI: Annenberg Institute, Brown University.
McLaughlin, M. W. (2000). Community Counts: How Youth Organizations Matter for Youth Development.
Benson, P.L. (2008). Sparks: How parents can ignite the hidden strengths of your teenagers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.