Damie serves on the Youth Peer Support Committee and Best Practices Committee. She is a dedicated and innovative Mental Health Professional with combined experience of more than 15 years with youth-directed initiatives. She is a nationally recognized content expert and thought leader on transition for youth with significant emotional behavioral health concerns. She has served as an Experienced Advocate for Youth, Certified Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education and Work (RENEW) Facilitator Leader, and is a trainer on best practice approaches for engaging youth in behavioral health disparity reduction initiatives. She is a committee member of the Rethinking Guardianship(Collective Impact): Building a Case for Less Restrictive Alternatives Initiatives Workgroup, the Chair of the NC Mental Health Block Grant Planning Council and Vice Co-Chair, Co-Chair of the Community of Practice on Youth and Young Adults in Transition -a subcommittee of the NC (System of Care) Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families, Creative Director of Integrated Approaches, LLC and Founder of Young Minds North Carolina. Damie has received the 2015 Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year Voice Award from Youth MOVE National for outstanding and continued support and facilitation of youth and young adult voice.
Committee: Resource and Development
Youth Peer Support (Chair)
The importance of Youth MOVE is best describe by American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist, Mary McLeod Bethune, "We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.Damie