iThrive Wake Recognized as 2017 Harvard Ash Center Bright Idea in Government

January 18, 2017 Wake County, NC – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today iThrive Wake as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative. iThrive Wake is part of a cohort that includes programs from all levels of government — […]

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Youth Thrive Issues a Call to Action

It can be tough for some young people growing up in Wake County. You might be struggling to graduate, or you might just be the one in five high school students who is a victim of bullying.  You might even feel hopeless and be thinking about suicide. Everyone agrees we should be there for our […]

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School Based CC Team Expands Model

From the: Quarterly news from Alliance Community Relations,  July 2016 After serving 400 people in the past year, the Alliance School Based Care Coordination team model has been expanded to ensure a continuum of care for children who are being discharged from a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF). The initiative was developed in collaboration with […]

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Will Power and Won’t Power

By Dr. Susanne Gaddis Until recently, most of us assumed that we needed great willpower to reach our goals.  Now, according to the latest research conducted by Harvard graduate Angela Duckworth, reaching your goals may also be a function of how much “won’t power” you have. Willpower keeps you focused on what you intend to […]

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Moan-a-Lisa?

By Dr. Susanne Gaddis What do you say when you talk about yourself? Do you draw attention to your positive attributes and build yourself up?   Or, do you share negative characteristics and tear yourself down? Consider these sorts of statements: “I’m just not good at this.” “I’m so disorganized.” “I guess I’m just not smart […]

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Turn-Around Questions

By Dr. Susanna Gaddis Having to listen to a torrent of negative remarks is like getting caught in a heavy rainstorm.  It’s not particularly pleasant, but it’s something we all have to endure occasionally. What do you do when listening to a steady stream of negative comments? How do you respond when people wax on […]

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Weigh Your Words

By Dr. Susanne Gaddis You’ve been invited to participate in a communication activity called “Weigh Your Words.” The rules are simple: First, imagine that you were secretly followed by someone who recorded your every word for the past week—at home, work, everywhere. For your convenience and to creatively educate you on the power of your […]

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Mastering Great Communication

By Dr. Susanna Gaddis “If you want to be a master, study what the masters have done before you, have the courage to do what they do and you will be a master too.” –Jos. J. Charbonneau Great communicators are made, not born. And a lot of that comes from observing others in action. By […]

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Nixing Mount Rushmore: Considerations for Evaluating Evolving Organizations and Programs

By Lori Palen, Youth Thrive Evaluator RTI International Program evaluation is kind of like going on a road trip. “Are we there yet?” a stakeholder calls from the backseat. Hopefully, the evaluator (who’s riding shotgun, because she sometimes gets carsick if she sits in the back) will be able to say, “Almost! Five more miles […]

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Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

By Dr. Susanne Gaddis It was a hot summer day at the park and a perfect day to be outside. As I sat on the bench soaking in the sun’s warm rays, my eyes and ears were drawn to a conversation between two young sisters. The oldest, who looked to be about six years old, […]

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