Why School and Community Connectedness is Important:

A Message from the Carsey School
for Public Policy

School connectedness is linked to many aspects of positive youth development. Students who feel more connected to their schools are more likely to do well socially, emotionally, and academically. They have higher self-esteem, experience fewer feelings of depression, and are less likely to engage in risky or aggressive behaviors. Coös youth who see their communities in a positive light also have higher self-esteem. A strong sense of community can even help to protect youth—especially boys—from problems of substance misuse.


In 2008, in collaboration with the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Carsey School of Public Policy of the University of New Hampshire began a 10-year study of youth in Coös County to better understand their beliefs, attitudes and aspirations for the future. To find out more about the research go to carsey.unh.edu/policy/coos-youth-study. Our campaign to empower Coös youth is inspired by that research. Help us start the conversation by sharing these stories.


FUNDING PROVIDED BY the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. nhcf.org/tillotson
ADDITIONAL FUNDING for the youth study research provided by the National Science Foundation (Grant # 1155797).

Thank you to the 30+ high school students from throughout the Coös region who shared their stories of the values, actions, and relationships that create positive school and community climate for the 2017 Empower Coös Youth Campaign.