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About Springtide Research Institute

OUR MISSION

Compelled by the urgent desire to listen and attend to the lives of young people (ages 13 to 25), Springtide Research Institute is committed to understanding the distinct ways new generations experience and express community, identity, and meaning.

We combine quantitative and qualitative research to reflect and amplify the lived realities of young people as they navigate shifting social, cultural, and religious landscapes. Delivering fresh data and actionable insights, we equip those who care about young people to care better.

Compelled by the urgent desire to listen and attend to the lives of young people (ages 13–25), Springtide Research Institute is committed to understanding the distinct ways new generations experience and express community, identity, and meaning.

We combine quantitative and qualitative research to reflect and amplify the lived realities of young people as they navigate shifting social, cultural, and religious landscapes. Delivering fresh data and actionable insights, we equip those who care about young people to care better.

From pews to chat rooms, from congregations to workplaces, we exist at the intersection of religious and human experience in the lives of young people. And we’re here to listen.

We believe no young person should have to navigate life’s most important questions alone. With actionable insights rooted in research, we equip those who care about young people to care better.

From pews to chat rooms, from congregations to workplaces, we exist at the intersection of religious and human experience in the lives of young people. And we’re here to listen.

We believe no young person should have to navigate life’s most important questions alone. With actionable insights rooted in research, we equip those who care about young people to care better.

OUR VISION

Something new is on the horizon.

Young people are navigating life’s most important questions, often alone. Many of the existing constructs of connection for young people are failing to provide the necessary support. We don’t see young people as a problem to be solved, but in need of accompaniment by trusted adults. 

We’ll help you see clearly.

We apply research to better understand how young people are making sense of their whole lives through new modalities of connection, meaning, and finding purpose. We see this work as one of the most generous acts of advocacy we can do on behalf of young people. 

We’re building connections between unlikely collaborators.

Young people live in a world of rising connectivity, yet a declining sense of authentic, meaningful human connection. We’re helping connect young people to themselves, to each other, and to the adults who care about them. We see new models that are engaging young people — and we’re on board. 

OUR PROMISE
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OUR STORY

Springtide Research Institute was founded in 2019, rooted in the 300-year Lasallian heritage of being fiercely devoted to young people, and to provide for the human and spiritual needs of the young, especially the poor and marginalized.

As the only sociological research institute in the United States solely dedicated to young people ages 13-25, Springtide gives voice to the emerging perceptions, beliefs and practices of young people at the intersections of their human and religious experiences. We pay attention to, deeply understand, then illuminate the shifting social and religious landscape in which the youngest generations are forming identity, shaping social connection, and making meaning in their lives.

We are social scientists with a heart for young people. Our singular concern: the flourishing of all young people regardless of creed or identity. And, we have a singular aim: to help those who care about young people, care better.   

OUR FUNDING

We receive funding through multiple channels. We sell research reports, offer services including expert keynotes, consulting and custom research for mission-driven organizations, and raise money through generous individuals and foundations.

OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

The Springtide Team is made up of three distinct and highly collaborative groups: our Research Advisory Board is comprised of expert thinkers and practitioners who help shape the direction of our qualitative and quantitative research; our Springtide Ambassadors are youth and young adults who engage Springtide findings and share their own perspectives through content creation and group reflection; and finally our full and part-time staff who ensure the day-to-day work of collecting data and promoting actionable insights on the inner and outer lives of Gen Z is undertaken with rigor and care.

View previous cohorts of our
Research Advisory Board
View previous cohorts of our
Springtide Ambassadors Program.

The Springtide Team is made up of three distinct and highly collaborative groups: our Research Advisory Board is comprised of expert thinkers and practitioners who help shape the direction of our qualitative and quantitative research; our Springtide Ambassadors are youth and young adults who engage Springtide findings and share their own perspectives through content creation and group reflection; and finally our full and part-time staffwho ensure the day-to-day work of collecting data and promoting actionable insights on the inner and outer lives of Gen Z is undertaken with rigor and care.

View previous cohorts of our Research Advisory Board

View previous cohorts of our Springtide Ambassadors Program.

The Springtide Team is made up of three distinct and highly collaborative groups: our Research Advisory Board is comprised of expert thinkers and practitioners who help shape the direction of our qualitative and quantitative research; our Springtide Ambassadors are youth and young adults who engage Springtide findings and share their own perspectives through content creation and group reflection; and finally our full and part-time staff who ensure the day-to-day work of collecting data and promoting actionable insights on the inner and outer lives of Gen Z is undertaken with rigor and care.

View previous cohorts of our Research Advisory Board
View previous cohorts of our Springtide Ambassadors Program.

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