Thriving is a journey, not a destination. Thriving has been described as “a forward, purposeful motion towards achieving one’s full potential.” Research shows that when youth thrive, they are more likely to graduate from high school, avoid high-risk behaviors and achieve their goals.
Thriving is strengthening those elements that orient our lives in a positive way. It could be finding a spark, possessing a strong sense of purpose, believing you have the capacity to grow and change, having a caring adult to support you. Thriving is different for each individual.
Researchers have dug deeply into what helps youth thrive, and we know that caring adults can make a big difference. But the more we understand what goes into thriving and helping to create its conditions - especially for disadvantaged youth - the more we can help youth find their own journey to thriving.
This learning channel is sponsored by the Thrive Foundation for Youth.
This paper began with a conversation about children. At Turnaround for Children, they wanted to understand how children acquire the skills and mindsets for learning. Which skills do we need to build in children for them to be successful in school? And if we know what they are, can they be taught? How does growing up with adversity impact the acquisition of these critical skills?