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Why should you join a Youth Thrive Action Team?

Partners inform and support the work of Youth Thrive by participating on an Action Team.

What are the advantages to being involved in an Action Team?

Serving on an Action Team gives you and your organization the opportunity to: learn about the mutually reinforcing activities others in the community are undertaking toward shared goals, build additional collaborations, make new connections, share resources, and contribute to collective action for Wake County youth.

How much time do I have to invest in an Action Team? Where will my team meet and how often?

Teams began convening in October 2016 to work toward the strategic goals identified in the Strategic Planning Blueprint. Action Teams meet approximately six times per year for three-hour work sessions. There may be some preparation/“homework” outside of meetings (e.g., reaching out to others to obtain information, doing research, etc.). Locations for each meeting will be announced early in the process. We will work to have each Action Team meet at the same time each month on the same date in the same location, so participants can plan ahead.

What specific skills do I need when serving on an Action Team? What do I have to do?

First and foremost, we need your full participation and voice at the table. If you are an agency/organization leader or frontline staff, we need you to bring your “in the field” experiences and your knowledge of the specific activities your organization undertakes to work toward the identified goals.

Which Action Team should I join?

You should join an Action Team where your passion is best suited and/or where your organization is best represented. It is possible that your organization may need to spread staff across multiple Action Teams in order to fully offer up the breadth of services provided to children and youth across the various areas of concern. Youth Thrive convenes the following Action Teams:

Educational Success Action Team

Goal: There will be one team focused on the goal of 95% of students graduating from high school college and career ready.

Those organizations focused on the goal of 95% of third-grade students reading on grade level are encouraged to join the Action Teams of Wake Up and Read.

Emotional Well-Being Action Team

Goal: Eliminate youth suicides and bullying.

Data Action Team

Goal: Address continuous data improvement and collection and provide ongoing governance and stewardship recommendations for the Visual Analytics Shared Data Platform.

  • Continuous data improvement and collection.
  • Updates to the Wake County Youth Well-Being Profile.
  • Improving local data sharing practices.
  • Focusing on exploring shared measurement and shared measurement systems.

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Youth Thrive offers the opportunity to participate on three different Action Teams:

Educational Success

Emotional Well-Being


Please see general information about the teams on the left and click on the dedicated pages for each for detailed info.

  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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