Youth MOVE National launches MOVE It Forward 2017: Whole Health, Whole Self

 

We are so excited to officially launch the second annual MOVE It Forward campaign! MOVE It Forward is a chance for all of us in the youth movement to work together on a singular issue at the same time. This year’s theme is Whole Health, Whole Self. MOVE It Forward is the slogan for much deeper work—uniting youth advocates and Youth MOVE chapter members across the country in crafting and presenting a message, a demand for change.

 

Last year, in celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Youth MOVE National launched the first-ever MOVE It Forward campaign. We asked chapters and youth nationwide to convene locally and online to discuss why youth voice matters in systems change. We saw this campaign as an opportunity to push forward important policy issues and youth-driven recommendations.

 

Chapters held focus groups in their own communities, gathered with us virtually, and even participated in our first Twitter chat. Check out our Twitter chat from 2016!

 

About This Year’s Theme: Whole Health, Whole Self

This year, we hope to recapture that energy for Whole Health, Whole Self by pushing for policy change in the workplace that is inclusive and understanding of every individual’s mental wellness—just as much as physical wellness. We’ll be doing our best to share information on the importance of recognizing all aspects of someone’s wellness, how to take ownership of your own mental wellness in the workplace, and how to advocate for policy change at work during the first couple weeks of May.

 

But you can also get involved:

  • Join our all-chapter call to discuss mental health at work (Thurs. April 27 at 6:30–7:30 p.m. Eastern)
    Have your voice heard in our national community conversation process to help the Youth MOVE network build a policy briefing paper on youth and young adult mental wellness in the workplace. Invite ALL of your chapter members. Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/127558bd8eca37ef66858a512be5123a.

  • Join our Twitter chat (Wed. May 10 at 6–7 p.m. Eastern)
    The hour will be a virtual conversation with advocates and partners on maintaining mental wellness in the workplace, how employers can be more accommodating to employees with mental health challenges, and advocating for mental health at work. Make sure to follow Youth MOVE National on Twitter at http://twitter.com/youthmove and use the hashtag #MOVEItForward.

  • Host a conversation in your own community (Throughout April and May)
    Host a MOVE it Forward Community Conversation using the What Helps What Harms process around the theme of youth and young adults maintaining mental health in the workplace.


We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Youth MOVE National is Hiring

Youth MOVE National is hiring for the open position of Youth Program Specialist in our Member Services Department.  We are excited to add to our dynamic national team and hope you could be our next team member!  The details are all in the position description - in short we are on the search for an individual with passion for youth engagement and a drive to support our growing Chapter Network.  Application deadline EXTENDED and will be accepted through Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Position Annoucement and Description HERE

Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign’s Young Adult Council Seeks New Members

 

Every year, SAMHSA’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign develops trainings, materials, and events—including National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This work seeks to shed light on the importance of mental health for all youth.

Help ensure the work they do is youth-guided! The Campaign looking for youth and young adults ages 16 to 26 who have received mental health services to join their Young Adult Council. Experience with systems of care is preferred, but not required.

Participation in the Campaign’s Young Adult Council helps to ensure youth voice is included so messaging reaches as many young people as possible.

You will be provided honoraria for your time.

 

The Young Adult Council provides
  • Necessary Feedback
    Whether working on Awareness Day or developing a new training, the Council provides feedback to course correct current strategies and offers ideas to improve the work.

  • Materials and Message Development
    The Council advises the Campaign team on how its message is being delivered, which platforms need to be expanded (or left behind), and helps create digital materials, such as web and social media content.
 
Why You Should Join
  • Become an active member of a nationwide community.
    Being a part of the Young Adult Council means being connected to a community that serves system of care grantees in most U.S. states and territories. Challenge yourself while also building your résumé.

  • Grow as a communications professional.
    You’ll be working on developing communications materials and brainstorming on communications strategies, all while learning about social marketing plans and experiencing how these plans work in action.

  • Make a positive impact.
    Your work on the Council will help us increase awareness of mental health and aid in reducing discrimination by strengthening our message.
 
Interested? Here’s How to Join

We only have three criteria. We’re looking for youth and young adults who:

  • Are between the ages of 16 and 26;
  • Have lived experience with mental health challenges; and
  • Can commit to at least half of our virtual meetings per year (there is one one-hour meeting per month), with the understanding that you will keep up to date on notes and projects being completed between meetings.

To apply, click here.

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017.

For more information, contact Lacy Kendrick Burk at lkendrick@changematrix.org.

Call for Artwork

Want your art featured on a national platform? Your work can be showcased in a digital exhibit in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

Artists, listen up! Youth MOVE National is partnering with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and Head Start to sponsor I Am a Work of Art, an original art showcase that celebrates the important role of art and creativity in mental health and wellness. The digital exhibit will be shown in conjunction with National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 4, 2017. We're inviting all youth and young adults, ages 3 to 25, to submit original artwork that addresses both the "I Am a Work of Art" theme for this specialized exhibit as well as Awareness Day's focus on the link between behavioral and physical health.

All of the artwork will be combined into a national digital art collection which will be available to view online at AATA's website in April and May 2017. In addition, selected pieces from the collection will be showcased during the national event in Washington, DC.

You have until February 6, 2017, to submit your original pieces of artwork to be considered for the exhibit. We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

Download the flyer and release form by clicking here.


Criteria
  • All artwork must be original and address the "I am a work of art" theme.
  • All artists must sign and submit a release form.
  • Though not required, you are allowed to submit a personal statement about your art.
  • Artists must be between the ages of 3 and 25.

How to Submit
  • Create original artwork using the exhibit theme.
  • Take a high-resolution photo of your artwork (a JPG or JPEG file between 72–120 dpi; lower resolutions will not be accepted).
  • Submit the photo and the consent form to info@arttherapy.org by February 6, 2017.

About National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2017 will be observed by over 150 national organizations and 1,100 communities across the country on May 4, 2017. The Awareness Day national event will be held at 7pm ET at the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC, and live streamed. Awareness Day 2017 will focus on the importance of integrating children's mental, emotional and physical health. During the event, best practices in communication between behavioral health providers, primary care, youth and families as well as evidence-based community programs will be showcased.

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