Giving Compass' Take:

• Julia Freeland Fisher at Christensen Institute gives her top 10 takeaways from organizations and programs that are building students' social capital. 

• The tools used by organizations for tracking relationships are extremely wide-ranging. How can we track which ones are working the best? 

Here's a student-run program that tackles food insecurity. 


Over the past month, we’ve been publishing a series of blogs called Who You Know In Action—a look at a subset of innovative organizations that are specifically designed to broker deep and diverse relationships in young people’s lives to expand access networks of support and opportunity. Based on those case studies, we wanted to understand broader efforts afoot to build students’ social capital.

To that end, this spring, we administered a brief online survey to 160 organizations who serve young people ages 14 to 24 across the country. Our list of organizations drew from a snowball sampling effort that we undertook last fall to identify programs and tools specifically aimed at helping young people to form new relationships that offer support and/or open doors to opportunity. 96 organizations responded to the survey. The data below offers a snapshot of what these organizations shared about their approaches to brokering and supporting relationships in the lives of the young people they serve.

Because this is by no means a nationally representative sample, the data is best seen as a starting point to form hypotheses about the potential of, and gaps in, growing efforts to expand young people’s stock of social capital. The following takeaways illustrate patterns, challenges, and opportunities when it comes to how programs are putting more and stronger relationships within reach for young people.

Read the full article about programs that build students' social capital by Julia Freeland Fisher at Christensen Institute.