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What is Thrive Mat-Su? What does “Upstream Prevention” Mean?

Imagine that you are standing next to a river when you notice someone drowning. Those nearby respond and pull the person safely to shore. Immediately you notice another person drowning who is also rescued. As one person is pulled ashore more people need to be rescued.
In our community, many people are drowning in a metaphoric river of substance abuse. While we are grateful for all the organizations working tirelessly to provide people a way out of this river and into recovery, it is also necessary to move upstream and work to help prevent people from falling into the river in the first place.
This is why the work Thrive is engaged in is referred to as “upstream prevention work.” Thrive is positioned to connect with young people long before they get near the river. Our goal is not to bring even more focus and attention to the river of substance abuse but to help direct young people’s focus to all the positive things they should have in their life. With hearts overflowing with purpose and community we hope they never feel the need for the false comfort the river promises.

Thrive Participant Waiver

Fill out Thrive’s Activities Waiver ahead of time! This waiver allows parents/guardians to give permission for their students to attend and participate in Thrive, Youth-360 and/or United Way of Mat-Su activities as detailed herein.

Please note: Thrive Mat-Su and Youth 360 are programs of United Way of Mat-Su. As such, anywhere United Way of Mat-Su is referenced in this document, Thrive and Youth 360 are included.

 

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Monthly Thrive Mat-Su Meeting 12:00 pm
Monthly Thrive Mat-Su Meeting
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Thrive Mat-Su Coalition Meeting 12:00 pm
Thrive Mat-Su Coalition Meeting @ Boys & Girls Club Mat-Su
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
 
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What’s New with Thrive Mat-Su?

You can view up-to-date info, announcements and photos from Thrive events on our Facebook page:

Thrive Mat-Su centers our work around the Positive Cultural Framework.

https://chsculture.org/about-the-center/positive-culture-framework/

Learn more about PCF and view upcoming trainings on the Center for Health and Safety Culture’s site.

We promote safe supportive spaces for youth by collaborating with partners like Boys and Girls Club, Mat-Su Clubhouse; “Moving Youth in Foster Care”, Onward & Upward; Bigs/Littles Program, Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Friendship Park, A Community Gathering Place. 

We facilitate capacity-building community-wide by sponsoring training for agencies and community members: True North Recovery Services, Youth Thrive training community-wide; participation in Alaska Afterschool Conference; Fallen Up Ministries; participating in distributing Safe Drug Disposal Disposal Bags & Pill Pods through Project Hope, an OSMAP program; Alaska Public Health Summit.

We engage our community in prevention and healing: Hosted the 2018 Prevention Summit; Be[You] Media Campaign: 78% of Alaska Teens Don’t Drink; Bi-Annual Safe Drug Takeback Events; Be[You] Scholarships for Valley Youth.

We help youth expand positive peer and adult relationships through: Parenting Courses & Summer Camps at Sunshine Community Health Center; Annual Thrive Mat-Su Youth Retreat; Leadership training for local high schools; Burchell High School Summer School Program; Partnerships with local agencies serving youth, like CoDi (Compassionate Directions), and supporting school district behavioral health programs.