Skip to main content

Youth Thrive- Due to low enrollment numbers course has been postponed. New date to be announced soon.

  • Length of course: 8 hours
  • Course hours: 0830 - 1630
  • Dates and Locations:                                                                                   
    • August 1, 2016 at South Burlington Police Department  Due to low enrollment numbers course has been postponed. New date to be announced soon.
  • Tuition: 82.50 (Lunch Not Included)
  • Registration: Fax the in-service registration form (Word or PDF) to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

This one-day training is ideal for anyone who works with youth at risk of school suspension, dropping out, or juvenile justice involvement, including:

  • School resource officers
  • Police and probation officers
  • Community justice providers

As school resource and law enforcement officers, you have the sometimes difficult task of maintaining the safety of the school setting and community. You also have an opportunity to provide an important connection to young people in need. One 17-year-old young woman to told us “If I ever found myself in an unsafe relationship I know my school resource officer would help me get out of it.” The challenge is finding the balance between these two important and sometimes conflicting roles.

Youth Thrive™ blends the most current neuroscience and trauma research with what we know about youth resiliency, and helps you use that knowledge to connect with young people in ways that promote healing and build cognitive pathways associated with social and emotional well-being. During this one-day training we will provide a brief overview of adolescent brain development and the impact of trauma. Then, we will focus on how we use our relationships with youth to help them connect to us and to concrete supports in times of need.

Training address:

  • Increase awareness how we must adjust our approaches based on  adolescent development, brain development and the impact trauma and chronic stress have on thoughts and behavior
  • What kinds of social connections lead to healthy development and how to help young people make those connections to you and others in their lives
  • How to structure your interactions with youth so you preserve young people's dignity and encourage them to get the help they need

Young people with histories of neglect or trauma need healthy relationships with adults to become successful adults themselves. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, helping systems end up making matters worse. We see the results all around us, in our communities and on the news: marginalized young people, sometimes in conflict with authority, just looking for a foothold in the world.

As professionals and allies working together in a system, we need to decide what we want for youth and how to get there. Youth Thrive shows us what young people need from adults to attain well-being in today’s rapidly changing world.