Thrive is NVCF’s response to the suffering in our community from decades of trauma compounded by multiple, back-to-back crises. Thrive brings hope to those suffering with a compassionate team that provides the resources needed to help heal our community.

Thrive works to alleviate suffering by bringing together people and organizations to identify and address our community’s most pressing and devastating challenges.

More than 300 people gathered virtually for the daylong Thrive Healing Summit on Oct. 24. The summit provided an intimate and inspirational experience for those engaged in direct service to families, parents, caregivers and children to increase knowledge, build skills and receive tools to strengthen their work.

An evening session at the Thrive Healing Summit was presented by Dr. Christina Bethell, providing parents and caregivers tools to leverage the power of their care and connection with their children to help them flourish even when things are hard.

More than 30 local community members have been trained as ACE (adverse childhood experiences) Interface master trainer/coaches and are committed to sharing this science within our community. Semimonthly community drop-in sessions have been offered since January.

In addition to convening these events, Thrive partners with experts to offer effective and targeted training for our community.

We also launched the Thrive Children’s Resilience Initiative, an online video series designed to provide parents and youth-serving professionals with essential tools to create healing and supportive environments.

In late February we became aware of the increasing concern about youth mental health and suicide. Within a few short weeks, the End the Silence campaign was in full swing. We convened 15 focus groups and heard from more than 100 high school students from all over the county. What we heard, resoundingly, is that young people are struggling with stress, depression and anxiety, they are seeking safe places and safe people to connect with, they want to know what to say to a friend who is struggling and they want to know the signs of depression and suicide risk. What followed was a summit on April 22, attended by more than 400 young people and 300 adults, to explore these pressing issues.