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Youth MOVE National presents its Rock Star Awards to individuals and/or 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. 

Eligibility

  • Recipients need not be members of Youth MOVE National.

  • The award may be given posthumously.

  • Prospective recipients may self-nominate

  • Current members of the Board of Directors, National Leadership Team and previous recipients of the award are not eligible for nomination.

 

Submit your nominations for 2017 RockStar Awards here!

Find the Official Rules here

Watch the 2017 RockStar Informational Webinar recording: we go over what the RockStar Awards are, review the categories, describe how to submit a successful nomination, and delve into the eligibility requirements for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity which comes with a $3,000 cash prize.

 

2016 RockStar Awards recipients are featured below. 

 

Criteria

Individuals and/or organizations nominated should have distinguished themselves in one or more the following ways:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity Nomination Form

Youth MOVE National is pleased to offer the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth MOVE 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 MOVE 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 MOVE 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 MOVE 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.

 

  • Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued service to the profession through active support of youth voice as evidenced by efforts to ensure youth voice is fully integrated into the work.

2. Outstanding and continued commitment to youth engagement in a manner consistent with the highest standards of the field. These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves exceptional creativity, innovation, intellectual or moral courage, leadership, or scholarship.

3. Outstanding research and/or publication in any media or format that contributes to the further understanding and development of authentic engagement of youth voice.

4. Outstanding and continued performance as a teacher in the field of social services or a closely related field.

 

  • Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued performance as a youth or young adult advocate between the ages of 14 and 29 with lived experience in one or more child-serving system including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

2. Recognized and respected amongst peers and adults for exemplary leadership skills.

3. Outstanding and continued commitment to authentic representation of youth voice in a manner consistent and relative to youth culture and issues These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves moral courage, social media, creative arts, youth support groups, etc.

4. Outstanding participation in youth-led projects and/or groups aimed to increase awareness of mental health, juvenile justice, education or child welfare issues.

 

  • Organization of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued development of youth-guided programs and practices.

2. Recognized as a leading organization in engaging and promoting youth voice in all levels of the organization.

3. Outstanding implementation of authentic youth engagement as is evidenced in written policies and procedures, presence of youth on governing authorities, and as reported by young people in program.

4. Outstanding commitment to youth engagement as is evidenced by efforts among others to ensure youth are fully integrated into work.

5. Outstanding and continued support of a recognized chapter of Youth MOVE National as evidenced by the creation of a positive partnership between youth and adults/parents.

 

  • Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued support and facilitation of youth and young adult voice as evidenced by involvement in youth-led projects, trainings, etc…

2. Recognized as a significant support person for youth and young adults involved in advocating for positive systems change.

3. Outstanding and continued commitment to being a champion for youth voice.

4. Outstanding relationships with youth and young adults.

 

  • Youth MOVE National Chapter of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued performance as a nationally recognized chapter of Youth MOVE National in good standing for at least one (1) year.

2. Recognized and respected within statewide and/or local community as youth-led group that upholds the mission and vision of Youth MOVE National

3. Outstanding and continued commitment to authentic representation of youth voice in a manner consistent and relative to youth culture and issues These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves moral courage, social media, creative arts, youth support groups, etc.

4. Outstanding participation in innovative thinking that contributes to the field of youth engagement with an aim to increase awareness and best practices of mental health, juvenile justice, education or child welfare issues.

 

2016 Award Recipients

Previous Years' Award Recipients here

 

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity 

Garron Rogers (Youth MOVE North Carolina) (2016)

Garron Rogers is the Youth Transitions Director with Youth MOVE North Carolina. Garron is a tireless advocate and is, and has been, committed to youth voice throughout his career. Through his work with Second Round Boxing, with BECOMING, and now with Youth MOVE, Garron has implemented a number of youth driven programs, including Man Up. Man Up is a group huddle for young men ages 16-21 to explore topics and issues facing young men in Durham. From defying stereotypes to respect to music the dialogue and group helps build the potential in each young man. Garron has designed and implemented school based mentoring programs, youth leadership academies, youth peer support training, as well as the Youth On Fire Awards to recognize youth who have proven leadership and given back to their schools and community. In addition, Garron is a tireless advocate who supports youth one on one, helping them to obtain employment, navigate the justice system, and advocate for youth's mental and medical health needs by meeting with their supports.

  • Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year:

Adam Nooe (Youth MOVE Broward) (2016)

Adam Nooe is a wellness coach at the South Florida Wellness Network and serves as the President of Youth M.O.V.E. Broward. He works with transition age youth, teaching them life skills and linking them to community resources. Adam uses his lived experience to provide training to professionals on co-occurring disorders and the mental health system from a peer perspective to help those without personal experience understand their impact on youth living with their diagnoses. Adam is an active advocate for youth voice and choice in the community, providing trainings, participating in media events, and more.

 

  • Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year:

Kaley Ford (C.A.Y. MOVE) (2016)

Kaley is the Youth Services Manager at Advocacy Services for Kids in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she has been a strong advocate for the youth through the C.A.Y. (Calling All Youth) M.O.V.E. program. She consistently engages youth in presenting to our community on mental health issues and creatively empowering youth to raises their voices and develop leadership skills. This year Kaley advocated with youth leaders to secure a city proclamation for May 5th as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and proceeded to host a "Dunk Out Mental Health Stigma" event, attended by over 5,000 people

 

  • Organization of the Year:

Youth United (2016)

Youth United is a youth-led initiative whose purpose is to promote youth voice and youth involvement throughout CONNECTIONS Wayne County System of Care. Youth United promotes training and leadership, youth advocacy, and stigma busting events and workshops relative to mental health challenges, all done through the voices of youth with lived experience. Because of Youth United's hard work and dedication, youth are fully integrated into our system of care. Youth United has become the premier organization in Wayne County for youth involvement and youth engagement.

 

  • Youth M.O.V.E. National Chapter of the Year:

Youth MOVE Indiana (2016)

Since 2014 Youth MOVE Indiana members have attended over 30 conferences, have presented and represented in four states and two countries, marched in the Circle City Pride Parade, and grown its membership across the state! Members of the Indiana chapter of Youth MOVE represent almost all of the social serving systems in the state and serve as representatives on groups from the State Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, to the Indiana Recovery Network Alliance, and the Indiana Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group at the Governor's office. System of Care efforts are at the heart of their work. Youth MOVE Indiana is dedicated to ensuring youth representation whenever there is policy change, state or local-level, that affects youth-serving systems.

 

  • Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year:

Caitlin Baird (Youth MOVE Oregon) (2016)

Caitlin Baird is the Wraparound Initiative Project Lead at Youth MOVE Oregon. In her role she serves on statewide policy committees, legislative work groups, and provides youth peer support. Throughout this work she demonstrates the great value (and necessity) of having youth voice present and heard. She strategically and effectively weaves elements of her own lived experiences into discussions that exemplify why it is important for adults in decision-making roles to include youth. Not only does she remind us of its importance, she demonstrates how it is done - by being present and delivering youth and young adult messages into the process.

 

Previous Years' Award Recipients here

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