Camp Fire is Helping Kids Thrive
Camp Fire National Headquarters, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation and The Thrive Foundation for Youth, has selected Camp Fire Lone Star to provide capacity building opportunities designed to support prepare for the Thrive Implementation for youth ages 11-17. As one of ten Year 2 councils, Camp Fire Lone Star was awarded $42,500 to implement the Thrive methodology.
Camp Fire Lone Star is the only youth development organization in the Dallas area to implement methodology from the Thrive Foundation for Youth, a leader in researching and advocating methods which tap into young people’s aspirations and help them achieve their full potential.
Step-It-Up-2-Thrive is a theory of change with four stages.
- The first stage is identification of youths’ sparks – the interest, skill or talent that brings each individual child to life.
- The next step is development of a growth mindset. When youth develop a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. They focus on improvement, rather than on how smart they are.
- The third stage encourages youth self-reflection about indicators of thriving and risk factors in the way.
- The fourth stage builds youths’ goal management skills, or GPS (goal selection, pursuit of strategies, and shifting gears in the face of challenge).
Youth who are taught to Thrive experience improve self-reflection, an improved sense of confidence, improved GPAs, increased school attendance, increased goal-management skills and decreased risk behaviors.