Episode 122: Community Programs Working to Help Youth Thrive

Youth Thrive

What We Work For

Youth Thrive believes that all young people should be valued, loved, and supported to reach their goals. To achieve this, Youth Thrive works with youth-serving systems and its partners to change policies, programs, and practices so that they build on what we know about adolescent development, value young people’s perspectives, and give youth opportunities to succeed.

Youth Thrive is both a research-informed Framework on youth well-being and an action-oriented Initiative, based on the framework, that is designed to better support healthy development and promote well-being for youth with partners across the country.

For the past eight years, Youth Thrive has focused on strategies to improve systems that serve youth who are most marginalized in society, specifically focusing on child welfare and juvenile justice systems and the service system that supports youth who are at-risk of homelessness.  

To get new resources and updates on Youth Thrive activities, sign up for the Youth Thrive newsletter here.

How We Do It

Youth Thrive works with states and communities as well as national networks, and other partners on activities such as:

Youth Thrive 
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) developed Youth Thrive in 2011. CSSP synthesized research on resiliency, positive youth development, neuroscience, and traumatic stress to understand how to truly promote healthy growth and optimal outcomes for young people. Youth Thrives an approach based on a set of principles that translates into clear and concrete recommendations for any adult working with vulnerable youth. Overarching Goal: 
Based in strengths-based and positive psychology perspectives, the Youth ThriveTM training gives educators, social workers, policymakers, law enforcement personnel, and direct-service workers in any setting the concrete knowledge they need to understand young people and promote their long-term well-being. Five Critical Premises: 
Youth ThriveTM is based on five premises that reflect what adults need to do, but even more importantly, how they need to do it. Youth are best supported by professionals who:Understand current research on neuroscience and adolescent development and its implications for working with young people. Particularly understand the impact of traumatic stress and how to use trauma-informed approaches. Recognize relationships as a primary source of growth and learning for young people.Competently provide culturally appropriate services.Assess and modify their own beliefs and practices and take care of themselves in challenging environments.For more information about Youth ThriveTM, please email the membership team at info@nspnetwork.org.

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