What’s New in Thrive: 
Updates to Youthand and Families Thrive

The Youth Thrive training was launched in 2014 and after many changes, is now in its third edition. The Families Thrive training was launched in 2017 and is in its third edition as well. It was designed to incorporate the material in Youth Thrive and Strengthening Families into a single curriculum that implements the protective and promotive factors from birth through young adulthood. This enables trainers to teach both Youth Thrive and Families Thrive based on the needs and interests of their communities.  
This webinar will discuss updates made to the original Youth Thrive and Families Thrive trainings.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the new fifth guiding premise focusing on implicit bias; this premise brings the total number of guiding premises to six
  • Learn how social justice and racial equity are addressed throughout the curricula
  • Explore the Families Thrive curriculum, highlighting how the framework addresses protective and promotive factors in early childhood and with caregivers
  • Learn how Nebraska has aligned the Families Thrive curriculum with their statewide approach to engaging children, youth and families
  • Explore additional activities offered in the Families Thrive Participant Manual that make the material more engaging for participants
  • Learn about the newly launched Youth Thrive U, a network for trainers of Youth Thrive and Families Thrive
CYC Certification Competency Domain: Professionalism
1.5 Class Hours
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Created by

Cindy Carraway-Wilson

Cindy Carraway-Wilson, MA, CYC-P, is Director of Training at Youth Catalytics and has extensive experience in the human services field as a youth worker, mental health therapist, clinical program director and trainer/facilitator. Currently, she leads a variety of trainings on topics such as Positive Youth Development, LGBTQ topics, outcomes measurement, supervision, stress management and self-care for the professional, and organizational development and strategic planning. She is a member of the training cadre for the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development and a certified trainer from the Academy for Educational Development. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and understands the value of applying a mind-body approach to professional development, health and wellness. Cindy lives in Maine with her partner and two Siberian huskies.


Frank Eckles

Frank Eckles, BA, CYC-P, splits his time between his role as past president of the national Child and Youth Care Certification Board and facilitating growth for the hundreds of professionals who engage in learning programs offered by the Academy for Competent Youth Work. Frank is the Academy’s executive director and author of the Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course and co-author of Youth Thrive: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development.