Wake County Community Resources

Shining the Light Report 2020

Youth suicide prevention has been an intentional and consistent priority for Youth Thrive and our network of partners.  Now more than ever, we must acknowledge the threats to the well-being of Wake County youth, and be prepared to identify and support young people in crisis. Though this is a pervasive and persistent problem, suicide is preventable!  And we feel confident, that as a community collective, we can solve this problem.

In this regard, and in honor of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we are pleased to share with you “Shining the Light:  Findings from Wake County Focus Groups on Youth Suicide Prevention”.  This effort was designed to hear directly from youth, parents, youth service providers, and members of the faith community, about what they think and feel about this issue and what needs to be done. We believe that capturing the “voice” of the community, will help us to advance and accelerate our problem-solving.

We invite you to read and share, and most importantly, lift up those learnings that can be applied to your work with and on behalf of young people.

Strategic Planning Blueprint

In March 2016 Youth Thrive released the Strategic Planning Blueprint: A Guide for Collective Impact for Wake County Youth. This Blueprint reflects the incredible commitment of individuals from 40 organizations who worked together in action teams to identify the challenges behind the data presented in the Wake County Youth Well-Being Profile, released in early 2015 (see below). The Blueprint was designed to be a living document that seeks to clarify and prioritize what we as a county want to see concerning the well-being of youth. It is an invitation to the community to make a commitment to our youth by working collaboratively to achieve the Blueprint’s desired goals and to engage in ongoing priority setting for our youth.

Wake County Youth Well-Being Profile

Prior to the development of the Wake County Youth Well-Being Profile in 2015, Youth Thrive produced a data report in 2013 examining four areas associated with the well-being of young people (ages 5 to 18) in Wake County: educational success, health and wellness, workforce readiness, and civic engagement.


Bullying Prevention Campaign

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Youth Thrive, in conjunction with our Wake County community of partners, produced an annual Bullying Prevention Campaign called STAND UP! SPEAK OUT! This Bullying Prevention Campaign for our community seeks to educate, engage, and encourage collective action and advocacy towards the goal of eliminating bullying and creating safe spaces for Wake County youth to thrive.

Suicide Prevention Campaign

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time dedicated to sharing information and raising awareness of the important but often invisible issue of suicide. Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers die by suicide. In North Carolina, it is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 34. Our Emotional Well-Being Action Team has developed a unified Wake County Campaign for Youth Suicide Prevention called Wake Up 2 Hope.

Middle School College Visit Guide

Our Wake County community of partners is committed to advancing efforts towards the collective goal of 95% of Wake County students graduating from high school ready for college and career. The cultivation of a college-going culture at school, at home, and in the larger community can have a tremendous impact on a young person’s aspirations and an overall belief that college is in his or her future. Early exposure and preparation for post-secondary education are critical, and middle school provides an excellent opportunity to set forth a vision for college and more concretely, to develop a plan to get there. Our Educational Success Action Team has developed this guide to assist youth-serving organizations in planning a college visit for middle school youth.

Summary Report

In early 2014, Youth Thrive hosted five community stakeholder conversations and nine youth focus groups across Wake County. The purpose of the Community Stakeholder Conversations was to engage specific stakeholders, share highlights of Youth Thrive's accomplishments thus far, and solicit insights regarding critical gaps that can guide Youth Thrive moving forward.

Secondary Data Report, 2013

This report examines four key areas associated with the well-being of young people (ages 5 to 18): education/academic success, health and wellness, workforce readiness, and civic engagement. Information in this report comes from various secondary data sources, including but not limited to: Wake County Planning Divisions, Wake County Public School System, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the 2010 and 2013 Wake County Community Assessment documents and data summaries, and other publicly available data resources.


Aspirational Goals for Collective Action:

  • 95% of third grade students read on grade level
  • 95% of students graduate high school ready for college and career
  • Eliminate youth suicides and bullying


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