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
The ACEs Resilience in Wake County Initiative This initiative is a multi-sector, community-driven movement to address and prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and build resilience in Wake County. This initiative is housed at SAFEchild; Youth Thrive participates as a part of the Oversight Committee.
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.
Social and Economic Vitality Crosby-Garfield Advocacy Group. Wake County Social and Economic Vitality (SEV) is a long-term investment and partnership with Wake County Human Services and N.C. Cooperative Extension- Wake County Center for community revitalization built on amplifying community voice, stimulating community wellness, promoting educational advancement, expanding economic opportunity, and ultimately reducing poverty in Southeast Raleigh and Eastern Wake County.
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.
LiveWellWake: Live Well Wake is a collaborative county-wide effort focused on ensuring that every Wake County resident, regardless of background or neighborhood, deserves an equal opportunity to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
Wake County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC): SHAC serves as the primary health advisory board for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and submits recommendations to the superintendent and board members annually. The goal of this council is to strengthen and expand instructional programs and support services for the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) Model.
My Brother's Keeper: MBK is focused on addressing persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.
Wake Works: Wake Works is a new partnership between Wake County and Wake Tech, which was developed to address the county's shortage of technical workers- while making college affordable.
Capital Area Workforce Development/Youth Advisory Council: This council works to prepare young adults for the workforce with an emphasis on those between the ages of 16-24.
Capital Area Food Network: The Capital Area Food Network is a community-led non-profit of Wake County citizens and organizations working together to support, sustain, and improve our local food system.
Eat Smart, Move More NC Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is a multi-disciplinary team composed of statewide partners working together to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
- 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.
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