Creating Peer Networks and Increasing Social Capital
Social capital refers to the resources and support that people can access by virtue of their networks – from family, friends, and neighbors, to teachers, colleagues, and social services staff. Greater social capital is associated with greater mobility and wellbeing, through access to information, support, and reinforcement of positive norms. It has also been associated with greater resilience, the capacity to adapt positively to risk or adversity. Research indicates that organizations can be a source for helping individuals build social capital through opportunities for peer networking and assuming leadership roles, which may heighten motivation to persist in achieving education and employment goals (Sabol & Chase-Lansdale, 2014). This webinar will explore how TANF and other social service programs can be a source to help participants build social capital that will support their journey to self-sufficiency.
Through this webinar, the audience will:
- Explore how increasing social capital can support low-income parents’ resilience and attainment of education and employment goals
- Consider approaches to facilitating new peer networks created in the context of employment and education goals, learning about specific examples from presenters
- Reflect on how peer networks could be incorporated into their own TANF program’s approach
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