Youth Thrive is the Wake County Youth Collaborative

As the primary convener and collaborator in Wake County for youth-serving professionals and organizations, Youth Thrive serves as a place for every voice to be heard. Youth Thrive is the home of the Youth Thrive Network, an avenue to receive training and technical assistance to help those helping our young people. Youth Thrive is also home to the Youth Places and Spaces GIS Map, a resource which identifies youth-serving organizations and services throughout Wake County. Youth Thrive also seeks to be a place where shared understanding through data-driven decision making identifies gaps and seeks to align services reaching all youth and helping them toward becoming thriving adults.

Youth Thrive is NOT a program providing direct services to youth, rather a collaborative of those serving youth. Youth Thrive’s efforts amplify the reach of what it available to youth in Wake County by increasing communication, identifying gaps and aligning resources for youth programs and services. For more details about how Youth Thrive uses a Collective Impact Model in Wake County, view this presentation.

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


Supported by these Community Leaders

Support Letters: Jim Hartmann, Wake County Manager;  Sheriff Donnie Harrison, Wake County Sheriff’s OfficeMack Koonce, United Way of the Greater Triangle; Pam Dowdy, Wake County Smart Start

Call to Action!

  1. Collect and Share Data:
    1. Measure and provide data on program capacity, and participation with demographics of participants
    2. Administer a survey to youth on outcomes in the Blueprint (provided by Youth Thrive)
  2. Ensure staff in the organization are trained in evidenced- based suicide prevention (e.g. Mental Health First Aid) and attend at least one additional Youth Thrive networking event.
  3. Participate in 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.



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. Youth and young adults have the highest rates of self-inflicted injury hospitalizations and ED visits of all age groups in North Carolina. Suicide does not discriminate, it takes life without regard to age, education, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, or gender. Suicide is preventable!

Our Emotional Wellbeing Action Team has developed a unified Wake County Campaign for Youth Suicide Prevention (called Wake Up To Hope).