Belonging: Reconnecting America’s Loneliest Generation

Our newest research found today’s young people are the most lonely and isolated generation that has ever existed. One in three young people feel completely alone much of the time.

The good news though?

You're the solution.

Get our new national research report examining the landscape of loneliness specific to 13-to-25-year-olds.

Belonging: Reconnecting America’s Loneliest Generation

Our newest research found today's young people are the most lonely and isolated generation that has ever existed. One in three young people feel completely alone much of the time.

The good news?

You're the solution.

Get our new national research report examining the landscape of loneliness specific to 13-to-25-year-olds.

Belonging is... "[a] place that's open... where you can be known even in the complicated times... where all [is] on the table, and yet you're loved."

(Ophelia, 20)

An interview excerpt from Belonging: Reconnecting America's Loneliest Generation

Young people are facing epidemic levels of isolation and loneliness.

Our national study has found that young people now more than ever want a place where they feel like they belong. Unfortunately, in a world with increasingly fewer institutional connections, young people are struggling to connect with each other and the adults who care about them.

Look at the latest numbers, released in our new research report,

Belonging: Reconnecting America’s Loneliest Generation

3.5x more likely to be severely stressed

Young people are alone at their most vulnerable moments. Young people who experience isolation and loneliness are 3.5x more likely to be severely stressed.

20% still feel completely alone

Two thirds (61.8%) of young people are attending their place of worship once a week or more, but there is no difference on how completely alone they feel. 20% of young people who attend a religious service at least once a week feel completely alone.

Nearly 40% report they often have no one to talk to

Nearly 40% of young people feel at times they have no one to talk to and attending religious groups or gatherings does not have any affect, unless they have a relationship with an adult who cares.

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What would it look like for belonging to come before believing?

One of the fundamental truths about communities is that belonging comes before believing. As our research demonstrates, we often get that equation backward, especially when it comes to young people. The traditional institutional tools for engaging with young people are no longer effective as trust erodes across all institutional sectors. We can't keep building programs that don't work.

“I don't have a huge friend group because finding those people who are accountable and trustworthy. . . . It doesn't seem like there’s a ton of people like that.”

(Felicia, 19)  

What if the solution is simply you helping them find that place of belonging?

What we found in our research is astonishing. In addition to discovering how lonely young people actually are, we found a way to battle these troubling statistics. In this report, we clearly demonstrate that although the old days of being connected to institutions are gone, there is clearly reason for hope. That hope is you.

The adults who are most effective at connecting with young people are those who lead with relationships, not programs. Adults are as important in the lives of young people as they have ever been, maybe even more so. The presence of just one adult relationship in the life of a young person cuts severe isolation, raises trust levels, and results in more confidence. ​

Help turn the tide on loneliness.