RockStar Award Nominations Now Open for 2016


Decorah– (August 8, 2016) – It’s that time of year again; Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (M.O.V.E.) National is celebrating the 6th Annual RockStar Awards! This prestigious award honors individuals and organizations who make an outstanding contribution to the improvement of youth, services and systems that support positive growth and development of young people who have lived experience in various child-serving systems including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. On your mark, get set go! NOMINATIONS are OPEN until September 5th!!!  National RockStars will be announced during the National Wraparound Academy in Rockville, MD. Submit your nomination today by visiting


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity

Youth M.O.V.E. National is pleased to offer the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National. YMN has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to honor and reward excellence in promoting health equity and systems transofrmation work.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully implemented a systems change approach within the past two years to improve outcomes for those impacted by health disparities. With this award, we are aiming to recognize and celebate an individual who has helped to create a culture of health, particularly in one or more of the following areas: access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, and public safety.

One nominee (an individual or team of up to two individuals) will receive national recognition, as well as a $3000 prize. The prize money is unrestricted and may be used in any way determined by the winner.

Eligibility - Consistent with the Offical Rules for this award, in order to be considered for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National, nominees must be:

  • Citzens or legal residents of the United States;
  • Thirteen (13) years of age or older;
  • Not a trustee, director, officer, stakeholder, employee, contractor, agent, representative, affliliate of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Youth M.O.V.E. National, selection committee, or the spouse/domestic partner, parent, sibling, child, or grandchild of any of the foregoing;
  • Have not previously received any Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity from any sponsor organization in any year.

Youth M.O.V.E. National Receives $60 Thousand Grant to Find and Celebrate Individuals Who Are Advancing Health Equity

December 22, 2015        

CONTACT: Raphaelle Richardson

Decorah, Iowa—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) —the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care—has awarded Youth M.O.V.E. National a $60,000 grant spanning seven years to help establish the RWJF Awards for Health Equity.

The RWJF Awards for Health Equity is supporting a total of 10 national membership organizations in finding and honoring individuals who are successfully using systems changes to address health disparities within their communities. RWJF believes that it is critical to improve systems that influence the determinants of health —such as public safety, employment, housing, education—in order to improve lives and reduce health disparities.

During this seven-year program, Youth M.O.V.E. National will independently solicit and evaluate nominations from their membership and select a winner for the award. Winners will be announced at Youth M.O.V.E. National’s Annual Meetings as well as at an annual recognition and learning event at RWJF that will highlight the work of all 10 winners. The organizations that have been selected to administer the awards program span several sectors including public health, health care, business, media, social justice, civic leadership, faith-based, education, community development, or philanthropy.

“As a nation, we will not be able to achieve a Culture of Health without ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to live in healthy environments, make healthy choices and receive quality health care” said Catherine Malone, DBA, MBA, program officer of the RWJF Awards for Health Equity. “By celebrating those who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health, we hope to heighten awareness of the promising potential that systems changes have to eliminate health disparities in our society”.

“Youth M.O.V.E. National is a strong proponent of preparing youth to be true partners in community change with an understanding that said efforts will assist youth in achieving the best prospects to live longer healthier lives” said Raphaelle Richardson, Director of Resource and Development.


About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

About Youth M.O.V.E. National

Youth M.O.V.E. National is a youth-led organization purposed to unite the voices of youth and the causes that impact the healthy growth and development of youth with lived experience in social service systems such as; child welfare, mental health, education, and juvenile justice. For more information visit Follow the organization on facebook at and twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.

YMN Announces New Technical Assistance Contract

Youth M.O.V.E. National Announces New $33+ Million Federal Contract for Training and Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Behavioral Health in Partnership with 13 Universities & Organizations

Youth M.O.V.E. National announced today that it is part of a new contract awarded to the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch to serve as the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network).  The TA Network, a partnership of 14 universities and organizations across the country, will provide training and technical assistance to all states, tribes, territories, and communities with Children’s Mental Health Initiative, System of Care Expansion Implementation, and System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements, as well as to states, tribes, territories and communities without grant awards.

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work serves as the coordinating entity and centralized contact for The TA Network.  In addition to Youth M.O.V.E. National and the University of Maryland, the TA Network includes 13 core partners: Case Western Reserve University, Center for Innovative Practices; The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.; The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA); Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Center; Human Service Collaborative;  Management & Training Innovations; The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA); Tufts Medical Center; Policy Research Associates,  National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ); Portland State University; the University of South Florida, College of Community and Behavioral Science, Department of Child and Family Studies, in partnership with The Center for Community Learning and Selena Webster-Bass; and the University of Washington.

In addition to its core partners, the TA Network includes a rich, diverse group of advisors, consultants and other resource organizations.  The TA Network has extensive expertise in cultural and linguistic competence; family and youth engagement and leadership; Tribal systems of care support; policy, system design, and financing; clinical best practices, Wraparound, and workforce development; and, early intervention and behavioral health integration.

This five-year contract for more than $33 million represents a significant investment by SAMHSA in technical assistance for children and youth who have serious emotional disorders and their families. “The opportunity to further strengthen and support the growing youth MOVEment comes at an ideal time, as communities and states are acknowledging the importance and value of including youth voice in positive systems change work. We are excited to support our chapter network, System of Care communities and the behavioral health field at large in pushing forward the building of supports and services that best meet the needs of our youth and young adults,” says Johanna Bergan, Executive Director of Youth M.O.V.E. National.

“The TA Network includes the foremost leaders and designers of children’s systems with years of experience developing, guiding and implementing reforms in the very states that our nation looks to as effective models.  We know that jurisdictions across the country are seeking top tier policy, financing, and system design support to ensure they can capitalize on the opportunities being made to them through the Affordable Care Act, Title IV-E Waivers, and other government reform initiatives.  We also know that, to keep relevant, technical assistance providers must have hands-on knowledge and experience to support states struggling with design and implementation efforts necessary to improve outcomes for children, youth and families; we have created a model for training and technical assistance that embraces this,” reflects Michelle Zabel, Director of the TA Network.

Youth M.O.V.E. National is a national, youth driven organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems. In line with our mission, “Motivating Others through Voices of Experience”, we have united to utilize our experiences and skillsets to affect positive change through youth advocacy, youth leadership development, youth engagement in change management and implementation, providing training, technical assistance and consultation, youth-adult partnership and leadership trainings and facilitations, youth and youth track conference planning and delivery, distance and peer learning around youth engagement, and chapter development.  Youth M.O.V.E. National’s chapter network consists of 80+ chapters across 37 states, 3 tribes and the District of Columbia, allowing a cross-system, cross-cultural, and varied geographical representation of youth voice and experience.

To sign-up to receive the TA Network’s weekly e-mail with highlights of resources, grants, conferences, and upcoming events, send an e-mail to  Like the TA Network on Facebook (CBHInfo) and follow the TA Network on Twitter (@CBHinfo). 

Thank You Youth MOVErs!

In celebration of the #SeasonOfSelfCare, I’ve decided to start my post off by talking about one of my favorite things to do for self-care. This year more than ever I’ve found that I’ve spent a great deal of my free time looking for inspiration that helps to ground me and guide me in my work and in my day to day life. Sometimes this means waking up at 4am to drive to New Hampshire’s Seacoast so I can watch the sunrise on the beach and other times it means taking my nieces on an unplanned adventure just because. But, since I frequently find myself short on free time, my search for inspiration becomes more limited and usually entails scrolling through social media platforms to find memes with pretty pictures and uplifting quotes. This self-care practice of mine quickly integrated itself into my workflow. That being said, you can imagine my excitement at being tasked with managing the Youth M.O.V.E. National Facebook page so that I can share these little tidbits of wisdom and inspiration with you all instead of keeping them all to myself. Yes - I am the Youth M.O.V.E. National staff member working behind the scenes to spam your newsfeeds with positivity, and, in full disclosure, if it was up to me, I’d be posting them on our page 6-7 times a day!

Anyhow, the greater purpose of me telling you about my hobby turned passion was to express to you that for Youth M.O.V.E. National team, YOU are our daily inspiration. Being able to hear about and see all of the outstanding work that you are doing in your communities with and for young people all around the United States is what moves us forward as individuals and as an organization.  We are constantly amazed by the power and accomplishments that have been achieved by individual young people who are engaged in our Chapter Network and by the collective youth voice of Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter Network nationwide.

I would like to take this time to celebrate and thank the amazing Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter Network for making this MOVEment rock all year long - you’ve had a busy year advocating for systems change, amplifying the youth voice, providing formal and informal peer support, participating in countless conferences, webinars, trainings, Chapter Chats, planning weekly programming activities for Chapter members, holding awareness and stigma-busting events in your communities, empowering more than 10,000 youth and young adults across the nation, and really helping us at Youth M.O.V.E. National to dream big about the future of the youth MOVEment! The work that you do within your Chapters and communities amazes and inspires us every day. We are truly grateful for your passion, energy, and dedication to this work. Join us in celebrating YOU and all of the other #RockStars in our Chapter Network; you are the true drivers of the youth MOVEment and, without each and every one of you, our work would not be possible.


Ps. Here is my attempt to make a meme out of an inspirational message that I wanted to share with you all today because YOU are living proof that it is true: “You’re never too young to change the world!”



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