The Huge Youth Thrive Surprise

Over the last 30 years, we’ve conducted hundreds of trainings for professionals who work with young people. We’ve seen every trend come and go at least twice, and we’re pretty good at predicting how the field will respond to each one. In short, not much can surprise us. But something just has. Meet Youth Thrive™, the one training that has us so busy that it’s been hard to keep up. Why?  Because Youth Thrive is PYD 2.0, the new, improved version that includes the latest information on adolescent neuroscience, trauma and resilience, plus practical help in applying what you learn to your particular setting.  Simply put, it’s the new frontier of youth development.  Want to know more? We think you need to know more. Below is one of our upcoming trainings in Maine. Join us, and find out what all the buzz is about.

Lighting the Bumpy Path to Adulthood: A Youth Thrive™ Overview

2015 Positive Youth Development Institute
& Summer Training Academy
July 20-22
University of New England
Biddeford, Maine






Research conducted by The Center for Social Policy Study has identified a set of key competencies that have been shown to help young people increase protective and promotive factors while reducing risk factors. Research shows that these supports help young people move beyond trauma and under resourced environments to become more resilient in addressing their developmental needs.

This workshop will present the key components of the Youth Thrive™ Framework including adolescent brain development and the impact of trauma on young peoples’ brain development, youth resilience, the importance of social connections, helping young people better understand their own development, concrete supports in times of need, and cognitive & social-emotional competence in youth.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with a set of guiding premises that support key practices with an application of the Youth Thrive™ Framework
  • Explore the Youth Thrive™ Protective and Promotive Framework and key research behind each of its five components
  • Learn how these promotive and protective factors, important for all youth, work together to increase the likelihood that youth develop characteristics associated with healthy adolescent development and well-being
  • Consider important connections or overlaps with other important frameworks such as the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets


Cindy Carraway-Wilson, MA, CYC-P
Director of Training, Youth Catalytics

Hector Sapien, LCSW, CYC-P
Independent Practitioner

Register here.

Learn more about Youth Thrive™. Interested in bringing this transformative training to your city or state? Contact Cindy Carraway-Wilson at 207 319-6009

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