Social capital is the number of human connections an individual has in their social network. It represents the relationships and connections that impact overall health and well-being.
Science has demonstrated that the greater levels of social capital or connectedness young people have, the less likely they will be to engage in risk behaviors.
Positive change starts by building trusting, healthy, and supportive relationships with family, coaches, teachers, mentors and peers.
Nurturing family relationships are essential for young people as they develop. Positive family relationships can be attributed to higher levels of adolescent self-esteem and happiness, and lower levels of emotional and physical distress. They’ve also been linked to lower use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana in teens.
Strong family relationships go a long way in helping your child grow into a well-adjusted, considerate and caring adult.
Positive peer relationships significantly impact health and well-being, especially for developing adolescents. As kids begin asserting their independence from their parents, friends tend to become a primary source of social and emotional support.
Good friends are like a personal support group. They help each other develop new skills or inspire interest in books, music or extracurricular activities.
When teens become engaged in community activities they develop effective leadership skills and gives them a sense of belonging and purpose. It is also has been show to decrease traditional problem behaviors, including drug and alcohol use.