Youth Catalytics conducts 8 to 10 live trainings each year, and offers a robust archive of on-demand webinars. Search below to find what you’re looking for.

On-Demand Webinars

Search below for pre-recorded webinars in fund development, organizational development, clinical practice, and community work.

Before You Write a Single Word: The Pre-Nup Checklist for Grantwriting

On-Demand Webinar

You've identified a prospect that seems like a match for your program, and now you are poised to begin writing your grant. But the difference between a winning and losing proposal may well hinge on what you do before you type that first word. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to screening grantmakers and organizing the grant, including steps to determine if the grantmaker is a stron...

Using Asset-mapping to Understand & Develop Your Community

On-Demand Webinar

Community asset-mapping is a process by which organizations or networks identify and make contact with other organizations, businesses, and institutions that offer any kind of program, service, or learning opportunity in the community. Information collected about each organization makes up the "asset map," which is a living and changing document, just as each community itself is a living and chang...

Building Collaborations that Work

On-Demand Webinar

There's no way to work effectively in your community without building and maintaining positive collaborations with other organizations. Yet there's nothing automatic about these partnerships: they take careful planning and a lot of work. This webinar focuses on the many ways that agencies can build collaborations in their communities, and examines common problems and solutions....

Developing a Major Gifts Program Part I: When Your Prince Doesn’t Come

On-Demand Webinar

(This is part one of a two-part series. While you are not required to register for both parts, we encourage you to do so.) Every nonprofit organization dreams of finding that rich benefactor who willingly donates millions of dollars to its cause. And for many of our agencies, that's the extent of our major donor thinking. And that's a shame — although the One Big Gift is highly unlikely to co...

Developing a Major Gifts Program Part 2: Ask Not? Why Not?

On-Demand Webinar

(This is part two of a two-part series. While you are not required to register for both parts, we encourage you to do so.) By far the most effective means of solicitation — ten times as effective as mail and five times as effective as a personal phone call by most estimates — is the personal solicitation. However, for many people, the art of the ask is also one of the most difficult skills ...

Extreme Grant Proposal: Present Your Program in a Whole New Way

On-Demand Webinar

In this webinar, participants will learn how to: Use the letter of inquiry to more effectively connect with a grant maker's guidelines and priorities. Transform disorganized proposals into logical, sequential and persuasive arguments for funding. Incorporate data and statistics to support (and not bury) your needs statement. Overcome stylistic challenges (such as writing too much or too ...

Researching Data at the Local Level

On-Demand Webinar

It's not glamorous, but it's probably the most important part of any grant: the data-based justication of the need for local funding. This webinar focuses on the "how-to" of research at the micro level. Included is a tour of census websites and many useful suggestions about local sources of information. The webinar will be useful to staff involved in strategic planning, grant writing and program d...

No More Hit or Miss: Creating a Fund Development Plan

On-Demand Webinar

Limit your "crisis fundraising" and increase your income through fund development planning. Ideal for managers, fund development staff, and board members, this one-hour webinar will introduce the basic steps in fund development planning and present tools and examples for taking this process into your own organization. Topics include: The importance of a diversified funding base Assessment of...

Ready, Set, Grantwrite! The Nuts & Bolts of Grantwriting

On-Demand Webinar

This webinar is designed as a basic introduction to grantwriting. Ready, Set, Grantwrite! addresses the essential components of successful grant proposals. Participants will come away with the basic how-to's, including: writing a compelling needs statement; defining clear goals and objectives; developing the methods, evaluation component, and budget; and putting the package together....

Down Economy, Up Revenue: Getting Creative to Raise Money in Hard Times

On-Demand Webinar

The nightly news is full of stories of people losing their jobs and their homes, and many fundraisers are hesitant to ask donors for contributions in these tough times. To make matters worse, foundations everywhere are curtailing funding, and analysts suggest that donations may not rebound for a few years. So what's a nonprofit to do? This webinar will provide specific how-to's and actionable step...

Precious Time Well Spent: Prospecting for Grants that Fit

On-Demand Webinar

If you don't choose the right grants to go for, your efforts will fail no matter how good your application is.  In 'Precious Time Well Spent,' participants will: Learn introductory techniques for researching foundations Learn techniques for researching corporate grants Learn techniques for researching government grants Identify sources of grant information including print and electronic...

Sustainability: What Happens After the Grant Runs Out

On-Demand Webinar

"How do you plan to fund the work after the grant period?" Grantmakers just love to ask this question, and grantwriters just love to find ways around it. Instinctively, we know that the truth — we have no idea! — is not going to win us any fans. So some of us gaze at this question and freeze. Others of us simply cut and paste a stock answer about proving our worth and move on. And others of us...

Motivational Interviewing Part I: Revitalizing the Therapeutic Relationship

On-Demand Webinar

From our 2008-2009 Child Care and Youth Work Practice Series, 'Motivational Interviewing: Revitalizing the Therapeutic Relationship Part I' helps participants: Understand the theory of Motivational Interviewing Learn how Motivational Interviewing supports behavior change in clients Understand how to implement the Motivational Interviewing technique in their work In Part II, participants...

Motivational Interviewing Part II: Revitalizing the Therapeutic Relationship

On-Demand Webinar

In Part II of 'Motivational Interviewing,' participants: Identify strengths and weaknesses in the application of Motivational Interviewing skills in various scenarios Practice Motivational Interviewing skills with support and feedback from the facilitator and other participants ...

Inside the Boardroom: Nonprofit Governance 101

On-Demand Webinar

This interactive webinar on the fundamentals of nonprofit boards is designed to provide volunteer board members with an overview of the major building blocks of an effective board. Participants will review and discuss issues such as: Board roles and responsibilities Identification, recruitment and orientation of board members Board meetings and the use of committees The board's role in f...

Live Event

Families Thrive:
Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Families and Young People
Training of Trainers

September 11-15, 2017
Greensboro, NC


Families Thrive is a framework of protective and promotive factors that have been shown to support health, well-being and thriving in young people across childhood into young adulthood. The framework brings together the latest research from child development, neuro- and brain-biology, and the impact of trauma on development to help young  people, parents, caregivers and professionals understand and respond to  youth and their caretakers in  ways  that  increase  engagement and the  likelihood of healthy developmental outcomes.

Completing the Families Thrive Training for Trainers provides participants with a comprehensive overview of how to implement the research-based protective and promotive factors  approach in their practices, programs, and communities.  It prepares participants to become competent trainers of the Families Thrive, Youth Thrive™ and Strengthening Families curricula, and will allow them to use the Strengthening Families curricula, the Youth Thrive™ curricula, and the Strengthening Families curricula as stand-alone approaches or integrated into a comprehensive Families Thrive approach that spans childhood  into young adulthood.

Participants must complete the entire course to become an approved trainer.


The Families Thrive Training for Trainers is  from 9am  to 5pm each day for five days (35 total  training hours).  This includes four days of the Families Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors to Enhance Thriving for All Families & Young People curriculum and one day dedicated to training for trainers and teach-backs. Lunch will be provided on-site each day for an additional $10/day or can be purchased near the training site. See the agenda for the training.


Each participant receives:

  • Families Thrive Trainer Guide
  • Families Thrive Participant Manual
  • Youth Thrive Trainer Guide
  • Youth Thrive Participant Workbook
  • Access to video clips and a Flash Drive with presentation slides for all Youth Thrive and Families Thrive modules
  • Youth Thrive handouts
  • Required registration and evaluation forms

Following the training, each trainer joins the Youth Thrive Learning Community and will receive additional resources and access to a shared internet site where updates to curricula will be mounted as they are available.

Strengthening Families modules, slides and handouts are available on the CSSP website. Graduates from the training will be authorized to train others using the Youth Thrive™ and Families Thrive curricula. Training will be included to help participants train the Strengthening Families curriculum (this curriculum does not require additional authorization from CSSP to use as a stand-alone curriculum and is available free of cost on the CSSP website).


Registration costs $955. The number of available seats in this training are very limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis.


The Children’s Home Society of NC
604 Meadow Street
Greensboro, NC 27415


Special room rates are available at several local hotels to help reduce travel costs.  Inquire about locations and availability when registering.


The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and its partners implemented the Strengthening Families framework in the early 2000’s to help parents increase the protective and promotive factors shown to reduce child maltreatment and increase resilience in young children.  In 2012 CSSP followed this with the Youth Thrive™  framework that focuses on helping professionals and service providers increase adolescent engagement and better focus interventions to reduce risk and increase positive developmental outcomes for young people from puberty through young adulthood.  The Families Thrive framework is a synthesis of both frameworks that offers a way to reduce risks and implement a protective and promotive factors approach across childhood and into adulthood.


Frank Eckles, Executive Director, Academy for Competent Youth Work
Dr. Rose Ann Renteria, Director of Research & Evaluation, Phillips Programs

Frank Eckles is the co-author of the Youth Thrive™ curriculum. Rose Ann Renteria is the co-editor of the Families Thrive curriculum.  Both are master trainers who bring a wealth of experience and training expertise.

Trainer Application

All individuals attending the training must complete the Trainer Application.


Deborah Artis
Senior Program Director
at or (919) 920-3793

The number of seats in this training are very limited and will be assigned onn a first-come, first served basis.

For more information

If you have questions about the curriculum content or training for trainers you can email Frank directly.

This training is co-sponsored by the Children’s Home Society of NC and the Center for the Study of Social Policy .  It is provided by SMARTsource Collaborative, which includes the Academy for Competent Youth WorkBolster Collaborative, Phillips Programs and Youth Catalytics.