Youth Thrive believes that all young people should be valued, loved, and supported to reach their goals. To achieve this, Youth Thrive works with youth-serving systems and their partners to change policies, programs, and practices so that they build on what we know about adolescent development, value young people’s perspectives, and give youth opportunities to succeed. Check out our new animation series that educates and informs others about Youth Thrive.
Publications & Resources
Supporting the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Foster Care After Roe
In response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, this brief reviews state and federal policy levers that can support the sexual and reproductive health and well-being of youth in foster care and puts forth recommendations for strengthening coverage and access to comprehensive care and ensuring autonomy and consent for care.
Youth Thrive Blueprint
The Youth Thrive Blueprint is a practice resource for youth-serving agencies and organizations to advance the well-being of young people. Full of actionable ideas and tools to build young people’s strengths, the Blueprint was developed with a focus on young people in foster care and relevant to other settings.
Using Data from the Youth Thrive Survey to Improve Practice
This resource explores how teaming meetings build and strengthen young people’s Protective and Promotive Factors (PPFs) and includes considerations for how to elevate young people’s voice and engagement in teaming meetings.
Our Identities, Ourselves: Anti-Racist Guidelines for Collecting Data on Race & Ethnicity
In this webinar, learn best practices and tools for centering equity and constituent voice in data collection, analysis, reporting, and use. Topics explored included: the best ways to capture race and ethnicity within data systems; how frontline workers can better ask nonjudgmental questions about young people and families’ identities throughout the life of a case; how system leaders can ensure that data collected is used to advance equity.
Youth Thrive Blueprint: Coaching Tool
The Youth Thrive Coaching Tool is one of many resources for implementing the Youth Thrive Initiative developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. The purpose of this Coaching Tool is to give supervisors key questions, guidance, and ideas about how to help workers assess and support Protective and Promotive Factors with youth.
Our Identities, Ourselves: A Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for System Leaders and Data Administrators
This guide offers guiding principles and best practices for applying a anti-racist and equity focused lens to data collection, analysis, usage and reporting within child welfare systems.
Our Identities, Ourselves: Rights Guide for Young People and Families
This guide serves as a tool for young people and families in understanding their rights when asked questions about their identities. It also includes responses to common questions asked by young people and families related to data collection and usage.
Our Identities, Ourselves: A Poster Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for Case Workers and Other Frontline Staff
This one-page, printable poster provide at-a-glance tips for collecting data, talking with youth and families, and starting conversations, highlighting the most salient information in A Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for Case Workers. Note: printable size is 11" x 17".
Our Identities, Ourselves: A Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for Case Workers and Other Frontline Staff
This guide serves as a tool for case workers and frontline staff in collecting demographic data from young people and families. It includes best practices for data collection, a sample script and a list of questions to engage young people and families in discussions about their identities.