Youth Thrive™ FAQs


Law enforcement personnel at specialized Youth Thrive training, Vermont, April 2016

1. How is Youth Thrive different from standard youth development trainings?

Youth ThriveTM is based in positive youth development theory and practice, but it incorporates new understandings of adolescent brain development, trauma and resilience. For the first time, this new knowledge gives us the opportunity to create learning relationships and environments that are scientifically proven to promote healthy development, especially for young people who have experienced trauma. Furthermore, unlike most youth development trainings, Youth Thrive is delivered to diverse community audiences, allowing participants to set a common agenda for, and a common response to, young people in need.

2. Can the training be broken up into modules?

Yes, the Youth Thrive training can be offered to your team in a variety of ways. The full three-day training is 18 hours long and generally broken into three six-hour days. Youth Thrive may be offered over three consecutive days or as three separate one-day trainings. Or you may opt for five half-day trainings, essentially covering one module a day.

3. How many participants can attend a training?

Given the emphasis on experiential and small-group activities in Youth Thrive training, groups of between 10 and 30 participants are optimal.

4. Can you mix people from different practice settings in one training?

Yes! Including professionals from community-based youth organizations, law enforcement, juvenile diversion programs, and schools creates particularly vibrant learning experiences and will promote creative networking within your community. Our experience with diverse groups proves that there is nothing more powerful for communities than sitting down at the same table and learning a common language and approach to working with young people.

5. Can this training be customized just for our setting?

While Youth Thrive is broadly applicable to any group that interacts with young people, it can also be customized for a specific setting. Such customization will take into consideration the specific needs, challenges and limitations of the setting, and will create opportunities for participants to assess their milieu and identify areas for enhancement.

6. Where has Youth Thrive been conducted?

The Youth Thrive Training Collaborative has conducted trainings in Vermont, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Virginia and Indiana, and has trained professional associations nationally. These trainings have been supported by state OJJDP (SAG) funds, federal pregnancy prevention grants, foundations, and local agency training budgets.

7. Do we become ‘certified’ in Youth Thrive once going through the training?

No, there is no Youth Thrive certification. However, by completing the entire Youth Thrive training, you will earn credits toward the continuing education requirements for the entry and associate level Child and Youth Care (CYC) certification, administered by the CYC Certification Institute, and the professional level Child and Youth Care Professional (CYC-P) certification administered by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board.

You will earn Child and Youth Care Certification CEUs in Applied Human Development, Cultural and Human Diversity, Developmental Practice Methods, and the Relationship and Communication domains of the Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (Revised 2010), the competencies upon which the CYC certifications are based.

Once trained in the Youth Thrive model, each practitioner will implement the model in his or her practice with young people. While Youth Thrive has clear premises and approaches, the implementation will look different in different settings and with different young people.

8. Is any follow-up consultation provided after the training?

Follow-up consultation is available for organizations and communities implementing Youth Thrive based on the consultation scale, and the amount and type of consultation requested. Follow-up consultation could take the form of virtual coaching or on-site follow-up training and implementation support.

9. What does the training cost?

It varies. The cost of training depends on a number of factors, including the number of people participating and how the training is delivered: in three consecutive days, as half-day module trainings, or in some other agreed-upon format. Please see the basic costs here, or contact Cindy Carraway-Wilson for more information.

Other questions? Email us and we’ll be happy to get you the information you need.