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Youth Thrive Overview


This training was presented on
March 3 & 10, 2023



Training certificates are only available following live trainings or completion of self-paced courses. A certificate will not be provided for review of these materials.


The Youth Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development and Well-being Overview is a fun, engaging, training for any professional wishing to gain knowledge of how to best support the growth and well-being of adolescents. This two-part training is designed to give participants a high-level overview of the Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors Framework as well as explore the guiding premises, current research, and promising practices designed to help young people grow into competent, resilient, thriving adults.


Participants will:

  • Learn about the Youth Thrive initiative, history, and goals
  • Explore the guiding premises that support our practices as we apply the framework
  • Become familiar with the five components of the Youth Thrive Framework
  • Learn how these protective and promotive factors – important to all youth – work together to support healthy development


Who should attend: All staff of family resource center (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.



  • This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussion, break out rooms, and/or demonstration. Your training experience will be best with the use of a web cam, audio, and a training environment conducive to active participation.
  • This training will NOT be recorded.
  • This is a small-group training. Spaces are limited space and there may be a waiting list. Preference will be given to applicants from California. All applicants will be contacted by the week of February 27, 2023.
  • Participants are expected to attend both sessions in this series. If you are interested in this training but cannot attend all sessions, please contact CalTrin to be placed on the waiting list for future trainings.
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Training Materials & Resources:




Jean Carpenter-Williams is the director of training development at The University of Oklahoma Outreach National Resource Center for Youth Services and serves as the program area advisor for youth development with the Capacity Building Center for States (CBCS). She has worked extensively with programs across the country on authentic youth engagement, youth/adult partnerships, and improving the culture of care and understanding trauma-informed care. Jean has co-authored several training curricula including: The Residential Child and Youth Care Professional Certification Course, Managing Aggressive Behavior, and Youth Thrive™: Protective and Promotive Factors for Healthy Development. Jean has a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Jean Carpenter-Williams, MS (she/her)

Director of Training Development, OUNRCYS

Elliott Orrin Hinkle is a skilled facilitator, trainer, speaker, and advisor focused on elevating lived expertise in systems that serve children, youth, and families. They are a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Queer studies. Elliott has lived experience in the Wyoming Foster Care System as a young person but calls Oregon home. As an advocate and professional they bring 10+ years’ experience on topics such as child welfare, youth mental health, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community through training, advising, and facilitating culture change efforts. They have assisted and participated in child welfare and youth mental health research, they actively work to reduce barriers to access to care for LGBTQIA2S+ youth and families, and are trained in evidence-based peer coaching. Additionally, their skills include consultation and reviewing state’s Independent Living programs and National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) survey work as well as providing support in program and policy development.

Elliott is the Principal and Founder of the consulting firm Unicorn Solutions LLC which seeks to shift culture and create positive futures for youth and young adults impacted by systems such as child welfare and youth mental health, particularly at the intersections of LGBTQIA2S+ youth within these systems. Their work also extends to supporting training, advising, and facilitation on issues such as LGBTQIA2S+ inclusion and competency, digital citizenship for youth, and considerations for providers supporting trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive youth in systems such as child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, the medical field and more.


Elliott Hinkle, BS (they/them)

 Principal and Founder, Unicorn Solutions