Connected (Fowler and Christakis) taught us about the power of human relationships and social networks. Our happiness is affected by our friend's friend's friend. Yes! Three degrees of separation. In a famous psychology article, The Need to Belong (Baumeister and Leary, 1995) discuss belongingness has a fundamental human need, which was supported by the latest social neuroscience findings in the book Social (Lieberman, 2013).
Thus, youth programs should focus on the promotion of connection among peers.
Prevent Social Isolation
We believe most teachers and educators would agree. Students are spending more and more time on social media, comparing themselves to others, and failing to connect in meaningful ways.
Learn more about how we promote connection and prevent social isolation: