Benefits to Professionals

  • Take advantage of free trainings and technical assistance on topics like teen mental health.
  • Implement free turnkey programs in areas such as bullying and suicide prevention.
  • Be part of broad-based community strategies and mutually reinforcing activities.
  • Receive capacity-building support at NO COST.
  • Share information with peers to improve the effectiveness of your organization’s programs and services.
  • Enjoy the energizing effects of a mutually supportive environment with your peers.
  • Share data to improve data-driven decision-making across the county.
  • Receive first-hand access to Youth Thrive’s tracking, monitoring, and evaluating efforts on common measures through a visual analytics platform.
  • Network and develop relationships with new community partners (and nurture existing relationships).
  • Take advantage of opportunities organized by Youth Thrive to collaborate with other professionals and make progress on high-level planning.
  • Gain from continuous communication through social media, a website, and a bi-weekly newsletter that reaches 700+ other youth-serving professionals and local leaders.

Youth Thrive is committed to providing high-quality training to our valuable community of youth-serving professionals and organizations. The Youth Thrive Network has provided training and technical assistance since 2012. View our calendar for upcoming training options.

Youth Thrive Action Teams


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 of 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 the shared goals, a chance to 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 will begin convening in October 2016 by working toward the strategic goals identified in the Strategic Planning Blueprint. Action Teams will 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.

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 front line staff, we need you to bring your “in the field” experiences and your knowledge of the specific activities your organization is doing 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:

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

Emotional Well-being:

Goal: Eliminate youth suicides and bullying

Data Action Team:

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



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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