Understanding Social Connectedness Among Young Adults: March 2022 Webinar

Social connectedness is a major factor in a young person’s development and growth. From the moment we are first born, we are dependent on a network of social support, including parents, siblings, neighbors, family, and friends. These individuals and organizations serve as mentors and peers, share new resources and opportunities, and provide companionship and a sense of belonging. In an effort to better understand how young people think about, build, and leverage social support, we are working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to answer several key questions. 

We are taking a participatory approach to this project by working directly with a group of Youth Social Support Research Fellows. Representing a range of backgrounds and regions, these four young leaders are helping us interview and survey their peers, analyze the results, and write up our findings. While the project will continue for another year to further our understanding, we already have learned a great deal that will inform future efforts to support and strengthen social connectedness among young adults.

You can watch the complete webinar on-demand recording further below, and share it with anyone you think might learn something new that helps them in their work. 

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