In March 2021, Youth Thrive celebrates 10 years of funded operation, and we could not have done this work without you. As a community collective, we have accomplished much, and the infographic below highlights some of these accomplishments over the past 10 years. This collective has served over 150,000 youth, and we have partnered with over 100 organizations. We have offered over 100 trainings that resulted in over 2,000 individuals becoming trained on positive youth development, social-emotional learning, racial equity, and more. We have created multiple resource guides from the Wake County Youth Well-Being Profile to a Middle School College Visit Guide to a Suicide Prevention Campaign and more.
And yet, we know there is more work to be done. The current data, some highlighted in the infographic below, reveals we have more to do to ensure all youth have the opportunity and ability to thrive. We look forward to the day when all young people in Wake County becoming thriving adults, and we know we all succeed when youth succeed. Cheers to 10 years and many more!
When community concern arose after an increase in youth homicides in Wake County, community conversations were led by Dr. James West, then-Mayor Pro Tem. As a champion of the cause of ensuring all children can thrive in a healthy environment, Dr. West, now Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, sought to bring key stakeholders together to determine how to solve emerging problems facing Wake County youth.
Local community foundation The John Rex Endowment provided a generous investment of $1.25 million dollars to establish a collaborative that would increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for youth.
Today, Youth Thrive continues to serve Wake County by being the collaborative body inviting any and everyone to the table to be a part of a common agenda that speaks to a shared vision for community change. In doing so, Youth Thrive also seeks to determine shared measures that are geared toward the alignment of efforts and consistent, long-term results. While a collaborative effort can often surface where service gaps exist, it is Youth Thrive’s goal to support the increase of mutually reinforcing activities across agencies and organizations serving youth. Where gaps exist, Youth Thrive seeks to determine how existing or potential resources can be obtained to catch those young people slipping through the cracks. Because this effort requires the input and involvement of many, Youth Thrive serves as a communicator for the community and for youth-serving professionals and organizations. We want to be a voice for young people's needs and help those who serve young people to share their voice as well.
Youth Thrive is an independent organization that is housed at the United Way of the Greater Triangle. This relationship provides Youth Thrive with the opportunity to remain a neutral party and a place for this collective voice to grow and be nurtured.