People have a natural need to connect and belong. Belonging makes a person feel good and accepted. A sense of belonging, particularly in schools, is important for young people. However, many students do not feel that they belong at their schools. This feeling may only be temporary and can change at any time. Parents, teachers, and other students have vital roles in improving young people’s sense of belonging. Other factors that also influence a young person’s sense of belonging in school are personal characteristics, mental health, and academic motivation.
- school connectedness