The Belonging Sweet Spot

18 March 2018

The Belonging Sweet Spot

Written by Linda Francis, Posted in Social & Emotional Learning

When extracurricular is no longer extra

"A sense of belonging, research shows, is really important for children to succeed in school and in life. The whole idea that you belong here, you’re appreciated here, whether it’s by your family or in a school setting, you are expected to do well here, is crucial in order for a child to grow their skills and be motivated to achieve.”
Dr. Carol Dweck, PhD

What does it mean for a young person to “belong” here in OP and RF? One of the ways we see young people find belonging in the broader community is through their activities. It is where kids often solidify friendships and create networks. As the kids say, it is often the means through which they find their “tribe”

Together We Can Reduce Underage Drinking

21 November 2017

Together We Can Reduce Underage Drinking

Posted in Health & Safety

By Kelly O'Connor & Aimee Bates Oak Park - River Forest Workgroup for Positive Youth Development

Our community has an underage drinking problem.

Since 2010, in surveys of 8th to 12th graders in Oak Park and River Forest, our local youth have reported attitudes toward—and activity involving—drinking alcohol that consistently and significantly exceeds the state average.

An overly permissive attitude among adults—who either provide access to alcohol, or turn a blind eye to it—is clearly part of the problem, according to Illinois Youth Survey results as well as focus group feedback that we have gathered the past few months.

Belonging in the Community: Neighbors Knowing Neighbors

22 September 2017

Belonging in the Community: Neighbors Knowing Neighbors

Written by Linda Francis, Posted in Social & Emotional Learning

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.

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