By Linda Francis, Director, Success of All Youth, September 22, 2017

At Success of All Youth (SAY), belonging is the cornerstone of our collective efforts to empower young people to reach their full potential.

Children with a strong sense of belonging in their families, schools and community develop the emotional strength and self-efficacy that helps them cope with challenges and obstacles. Research indicates a sense of belonging has a profound effect on emotions, social skills, relationships, behavior and cognition – all of SAY’s other indicators of well-being.

One important variable that strengthens a sense of belonging is how well you know your neighbors. Studies show that good neighborly connections are a source of stability and information sharing – it’s even linked to self-reports of better health.

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