Youth Social Support Research Fellowship Resources

The Youth Social Support Research Fellowship seeks to create insight 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 better 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.

About the Fellowship

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:

  1. How do young adults think about and describe social connectedness?
  2. How is social connectedness different for different groups of young adults compared to older generations?
  3. How do those differences impact how young adults access resources?
  4. 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. To receive updates about new resources and project news, sign up below.

Zoe Crocker

Martha Gonzalez

Kyra Stoute

Yamilex Cruz

Fellowship Resources, Articles, & Tools

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 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 Project Summary Report: How Young Adults View Social Connectedness and Access Resources

This detailed Summary Report provides an in-depth overview of our findings from our first semester of research with our Social Support Research Fellows.