New Report: Who You Know: Relationships, networks and social capital in boosting educational opportunity for young Americans

Posted by Brookings on June 21, 2022

In a recent Brookings Institution report, Richard V. Reeves and Beyond Deng discuss the impact of social capital on the transition from high school to postsecondary institutions. The report includes information from interviews with “practitioners in selected organizations, who are adopting a social capital-based approach to education.” They detail how connections built through social capital improve educational outcomes and boost future opportunities. For example, relationships with mentors from more advantaged backgrounds can be valuable in building skills and opening opportunities through professional networks.

The researchers recommend improving the quality of data available on social capital-based programs to improve college enrollment; practitioners believe starting the programs earlier in high school will enhance their effectiveness.

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