What Is It?

    Connected Futures is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help students form meaningful connections with supportive, non-parental adults in their lives. From teachers, to coaches, to extended family members, and beyond, these adults are a critical resource for students’ engagement and success. Students learn why mentors might be helpful to them, and are also equipped with skills to actually build and grow their social networks.
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    Who Can It Help?

    Connected Futures is a great resource for any student from the pre-teen years through young adulthood, and our curriculum has been adapted for middle school, high school, and college students.
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    How it Works

    Each student creates a profile, and is then directed to the appropriate curriculum for their educational stage. The curriculum is presented over the course of four, interactive online lessons, and takes about two hours in total to complete. As they progress through the lessons, students build up a “toolbox” of skills and resources that are theirs to keep.
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    Research Evidence

    Research evidence shows that Connected Futures works! Students learn practical skills that give them confidence in approaching adults for the help they need, and this brief intervention can even improve GPA across the first year of college.
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    Who We Are

    Connected Futures was developed by a team of experts in clinical and developmental psychology.
    Together, we have years of experience in studying the science of positive youth development.
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    Elizabeth Raposa, PhD

    Elizabeth Raposa, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Fordham University
    Stella Kanchewa, PhD

    Stella Kanchewa, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Bellarmine University
    Jean E. Rhodes, PhD

    Jean E. Rhodes, PhD

    Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology
    University of Massachusetts, Boston
    Sarah Schwartz, PhD

    Sarah Schwartz, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Suffolk University