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Youth > Thrive: Dare to be Powerful

What is Thrive?

Thrive a completely cost-free, 8 week LGBTQ+ self esteem and coping skills program for youth ages 12-20. The program focuses on building protective factors and skills to deal with daily stress.

For Youth

Thrive gives you a space to feel that you're not alone in your mental health journey and you're not alone as an LGBTQ+ individual. We hope that you will find hope and community by joining Thrive. Here's what to expect:

  • Small groups (6-8 youth)
  • Meets once a week for 2 hours each session
  • Meeting other queer and trans youth
  • Learning skills to deal with stress
  • Connecting to LGBTQ+ history
  • Transportation assistance: gas cards & bus passes
  • You will receive a $25 giftcard for completing
  • Snacks at every session!

If you are under 18, you will need parent/guardian consent

For Parents, Gaurdians, and Caring Adults

In East of Eden John Steinbeck wrote, "Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..."
Thank you for being courageous and seeking out resources for youth that are important to you. Whatever brought you to find out about Thrive, we're glad you did! It can be tough to be a youth, and navigate being LGBTQ+ at the same time.
Benefits of the Program:

  • Decreased symptoms depression
  • Increased sense of self-esteem
  • Looking forward to and planning for the future
  • Develop positive coping skills
  • Feeling connected to the LGBTQ+ community and making friends

Provider Info.

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  1. Week One: Introduction to Program and Group Agreements
  2. Week Two: The Cognitive Behavior Model
  3. Week Three: Queerstory (Queer History)
  4. Week Four: Automatic Thoughts and Core Beliefs
  5. Week Five: The Responses
  6. Week Six: Coping Skills
  7. Week Seven: Relapse Prevention Plans
  8. Week Eight: Review and Celebration

If you would like to review the curriculum before starting the program, please contact our Thrive facilitator.

History of Thrive

In 2013, Indiana Youth Group received a grant to offer evidence-based prevention programming because youth in general, and LGBTQ+ youth specifically are alarmingly at risk for self-harm. After searching through the list of evidence-based programming on SAMHSA's website, IYG staff were surprised to learn that there were no evidence-based suicide prevention programs centering LGBTQ+ youth. There were incredible resources and wonderful work being done, but IYG decided to utilize the curriculum Coping And Support Training because of its focus on mood management, drug use control, and goal setting as well as its status as an evidence-based program.
While the feedback from the youth was overwhelmingly positive, one thing was consistently named as a shortcoming; the youth wanted a program that was specifically for LGBTQ+ youth. With youth feedback in mind, IYG staff created a new LGBTQ+ focused suicide prevention program, Thrive: Dare to be Powerful, built on a strong foundation of the cognitive behavioral model. The CB Model helps youth to identify how their thoughts, physical responses, emotions, and behaviors interact when dealing with events in our daily lives. (see diagram below)
While Thrive is rooted in psychology, it is not a clinically therapeutic group, but rather a community and skills building program.

Feel free to reach out to the Thrive Facilitator with any questions!