There are no simple solutions to life’s complex social problems, and no single individual, organization, or sector can effectively address the range of issues impacting our youth. Cross-sector collaboration is key to long-term, sustainable, and transformative change. Youth Thrive serves as both a convener and a contributor to several Wake County collaboratives/community initiatives working toward positive change.
Collaborative Community Initiatives
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Resilience in Wake County Initiative Youth Thrive participates in this ACEs initiative led by Advocates for Health in Action. The focus is to drive a community-wide effort around preventing future ACEs and building resilience to lessen the impacts of ACEs and trauma.
Community Health Needs Assessment Every three years, Wake County and a community of partners (area hospitals, UWGT, etc.) conduct a comprehensive community examination through the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process. Youth Thrive participates as a steering committee representative to ensure youth participation and perspectives.
Building Community Resilience (BCR) and the Pair of Aces Framework Initiative Youth Thrive is a part of the planning team and “learning community” regarding the BCR framework and potential applications and opportunities for Wake County. This is a JRE led and supported initiative and is connected to the social determinants of health and ACEs efforts.
Population Health Task Force The Wake County Board of Commissioners established a Population Health Task Force that works to improve the county's overall health and well-being. The plan will focus on policies and strategies to support healthy communities, active lifestyles, and thriving residents.
Wake County Drug Overdose Prevention Coalition This coalition works towards preventing and responding to the opioid epidemic. Working together combines resources for greater effectiveness in preventing drug overdoses in Wake County
Wake County Child Abuse Prevention Prevent Child Abuse NC and SafeChild are leading an initiative to develop a Wake County plan for child abuse prevention through community collaboration.
NC Pathways to Grade-Level Reading This collaborative works to advance a framework for North Carolina that can move the needle on third grade reading proficiency.
- Serve as Wake County’s premier collaborator and convener of youth-serving professionals and organizations;
- Serve as training and technical assistance provider for Wake County youth-serving professionals and organizations;
- Ensure shared measures to foster data-driven decision making.