These Connections Are Currency; Some Young People Need Our Help to Form Them

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

This 2018 opinion piece for YouthToday explores the relationships kids need as they grow up, and throughout their lives. I explore the importance of social capital and how someone's social network shapes their future--every aspect, from their overall quality of life to future job opportunities.

I briefly introduce the three most relationship types that emerged from my book research: lifelines, door openers, and navigators. This goes beyond the idea that "one caring adult" is all it takes for a young person to make it and instead explores how crucially important a young person's entire social ecosystem is to their future success.

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