THRIVE! Youth Host Home

Program Values

  • We seek to recognize and challenge systems of power that perpetuate barriers and injustice in young people’s lives (such as racism and classisism), and we are aware that not all youth get the same results through the same hard work under these systems

  • We approach youth work through a lens of social justice and youth empowerment

  • We value diversity in all its forms

  • We believe in supporting youth regardless of their racial or ethnic identity, religious affiliations, or lack thereof, gender identity or sexual orientation

  • We acknowledge that a youth’s sexual and gender identity may change throughout their adolescence; a youth who identifies as straight or a specific gender when they are referred into the program may begin to question their sexual orientation or gender identity at any time

  • We believe in trauma-informed and harm reduction strategies that affirm youths’ strengths and their own agency

  • We believe in leading through example and fostering shared leadership

  • We understand that all youth will sometimes make choices we don’t agree with, and we acknowledge the youth’s right to make those choices for themselves

  • We understand that choices youth make about sexual activity or other behaviors might be different from those we might wish or expect for our own children and we do not fill a parental role for the youth in the program

  • We believe that youth benefit from living with adult allies who are aware of the inherent power dynamics of the youth host home model and strive to minimize misuse of power.