Building and Measuring Protective and Promotive Factors in Youth: The Youth Thrive Framework
Youth Thrive is a policy and practice framework for enhancing healthy development and well-being for all youth between the ages of 9-26. Based on a synthesis of the research on positive youth development, resilience, neuroscience, and the impact of trauma on adolescent brain development, the Youth Thrive Framework identifies five protective and promotive factors shown to mitigate risk and enhance well-being.
In this webinar, participants learned about the research that informed the development of the framework and how it is being applied within child welfare and juvenile justice to change policy and practice. In addition, participants were introduced to a new, valid, youth self-assessment instrument that measures the positive constructs of well-being associated with the five protective and promotive factors. This survey provided an opportunity for workers to engage youth from a strengths-based perspective to determine the type of support that matters most to them. The webinar addressed the utility of the tool for informing case planning, evaluating the effectiveness of programs that support young people, and engaging in continuous quality improvement efforts.
Lisa is a Senior Associate working to advance CSSP’s public system reform efforts, focusing on the use of data and research to inform policy, decision making, and best practices. Ms. Mishraky leads projects to promote well-being outcomes for adolescents, expectant and parenting young in foster care, their children and families, with a focus on promoting the protective and promotive factors that children, families, and communities need to thrive. She is a graduate of Columbia University and has extensive experience working within the child welfare and homelessness fields.
Susan has been working on behalf of children and families for over 40 years, designing and managing an array of innovative public and private human services initiatives in the U.S. Ms. Notkin is CSSP’s Senior Vice President and manages the organization’s work on systems reform advancing progressive public services for children and families involved in child welfare and other public human service systems. Ms. Notkin is leading Youth Thrive, a national initiative, which builds on the positive youth development and resiliency research to promote the well-being for all youth, particularly with youth in child welfare, juvenile justice, and homeless systems.
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