Youth Social Support Research Fellowship Resources
The Youth Social Support Research Fellowship seeks to create insights into the ways young people think about, build, and leverage support networks and relationships. By better understanding this unique perspective on social connectedness, we can build improved tools for measuring and strengthening support networks for youth. Learn more about our project, our team of fellows, and the resources we’ve created below.
Creating Resources & Tools to Measure and Understand Youth Social Connectedness
In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Visible Network Labs is working with a team of four Youth Social Support Fellows to answer four important research questions:
- How do young adults think about and describe social connectedness?
- How is social connectedness different for different groups of young adults compared to older generations?
- How do those differences impact how young adults access resources?
- How does that align with how young adults want to be connected to resources?
We will use our results to design new survey and interview tools for quantifying social connectedness among young people.
Click on the Fellows on the right to read their bios, or explore our resources created during the Fellowship below.
Fellowship Resources, Articles, & Tools
Brief: Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization (AOPYO) and Social Connectedness
This two-page brief shares our methods, results, and data from our partnership and data collection work with the AOPYO youth organization in Denver, Colorado
Final White Paper: Youth Networks, Resource Connections, and Social Connectedness
This white paper shares our findings after working and learning from young adults to understand social support, social connectedness, and how to better support them
Final Project Brief: Young Adults and Social Connectedness: What Have We Learned?
This three-page brief is an overview of what our team learned from our partnership with the Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization in Denver, Colorado.
Strengthening Social Connectedness Among Young People: A Solution to the Mental Health Crisis?
This article discusses the role of social connectedness as a component of the ongoing youth mental health crisis in the United States.
Two-Page Project Summary Brief: How Do Young People View Social Connectedness and Access Resources?
This short Project Brief includes a high-level overview of our findings from our first semester of research with our Social Support Research Fellows.
Full Qualitative Project Report: How Young Adults View Social Connectedness and Access Resources
This detailed Summary Report provides an in-depth overview of our qualitative findings from our project interviews with young people.
Full Quantitative Project Report: How Young Adults View Social Connectedness and Access Resources
This detailed Summary Report provides an in-depth overview of our quantitative data findings from our project surveys with young people.