Key Distinguisher #4: Social Capital
Work-based learning experiences result in young people meeting and learning from professionals, and expanding their networks. Research shows the importance of social capital and that young people of color have fewer opportunities to engage in work-based learning opportunities in part because of a lack of professional networks.
Features of Social Capital
- Staff are trained to work with young people from diverse backgrounds
- Young people are offered opportunities to meet and build relationships with professionals in their field of interest
- Young people have an advisor, coach or mentor with whom they meet regularly to discuss progress and address any issues or concerns
- There is an intentional effort to introduce young people to professionals with similar backgrounds or demographic characteristics