About THRIVE

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Empowered conversations about sexual health and relationships

THRIVE was designed by sexual health and child welfare experts, foster caregivers, and youth in foster care with support from a Tier 2 Innovation and Impact Network Grant (2020–2023). 

THRIVE is a promising sexual health intervention for 13– to 19-year-old youth in foster care and child welfare professionals. Sexual health and child welfare experts, foster caregivers, and youth in foster care contributed to its design. THRIVE is built on trauma-informed principles, and aims to create a safe and inclusive space for youth to learn about relationships and sexual health.

  • The 4-hour Brave Conversations training for child welfare professionals focuses on strategies for being a safe and trustworthy resource for youth and supporting them as they navigate relationships and sexual health.
  • The 10-hour THRIVE sexual health curriculum for youth builds skills for healthy relationships and consent. The curriculum also provides an overview of STI prevention and contraceptive methods, and includes information about youth-friendly sexual health resources.

THRIVE is implemented by sexual health educators who have received training on both the curriculum and trauma-informed, inclusive facilitation practices.

Meet our implementation teams in Illinois, Kansas, and Colorado: