Key Strategic Linkages

Emotional Well-Being

Emotional well-being is essential to a young person’s overall health and development. Good mental health is just as important as physical health; both profoundly affect how young people think, feel, react, and respond to the stresses of life. We can help our youth become healthy, happy, and thriving adults in these primary ways: working to bolster protective factors, helping youth to acquire positive social and emotional skills, and eliminating the threats to their health and safety.

Educational Success

A young person’s ability to achieve academic milestones and be engaged in school on a continuous basis is a key factor in determining longer-term economic self-sufficiency as an adult. Through collective community investments and strategic initiatives centered on school success, we are working to support the vision that all students will be prepared to reach their full potential and lead productive lives in a complex and changing world.


Youth Thrive and our community of partners are committed to using data to improve outcomes for Wake County youth. The effective collection, coordination, and sharing of data can help youth-serving professionals identify important issues impacting our youth, as well as opportunities to enhance youth services and programming, policy, and practice. Data guides our work priorities on overall directionality.

Physical Health

Civic Engagement and Service

Workforce Development

  1. Collect and share data: Measure and provide data on program capacity and participation with demographics of participants.
  2. Ensure staff in your organization are trained in evidence-based suicide prevention (i.e., Mental Health First Aid) and attend at least one additional Youth Thrive networking event.
  3. Participate in the local Bullying Prevention Campaign by providing parents and youth with information on bullying and appropriate social-emotional responses.
  4. Provide access to books for students, promote students choosing books of interest to encourage the love of reading, and encourage 20 minutes of daily reading.
  5. Promote access to college by working to ensure that by 9th grade all students have the opportunity to visit at least one college.

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