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.