Thriving Indicators


From social science research, Thrive has detailed twelve indicators of thriving —the skills and attributes that are necessary to reach one’s full potential. This third stage of Step-It-Up-2-Thrive supports young people’s reflection about the skills and attributes they have developed and their growth priorities ahead. Step-It-Up-2-Thrive presents 1:1 conversations and group lessons to support this reflection. As a collection, the lessons touch each of the 12 indicators of thriving and they highlight risk factors in the way of thriving.

The twelve indicators of thriving that fall within six domains defined by Dr. Richard Lerner of Tufts Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. Reaching excellence in these domains (the six C’s)— competency, connection, character, caring confidence, and contribution—establishes a youth’s path to his or her full potential.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thriving Indicators Research Summaries