YMN Updates for Supporting Our Network in Online Spaces

First and foremost, we want to wish you well. During these uncertain times, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay focused on our day-to-day tasks as the world around us changes so dramatically. As a team, we are connecting daily both as producers of youth empowerment work and as individual…

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Youth MOVE Detroit Has Expanded Its Efforts in Michigan

While Youth MOVE chapters are diverse in their program offerings and approach, each is working to meet the needs of youth in their particular community. From offering personal development opportunities, delivering leadership and advocacy training, to providing youth peer support, Youth MOVE chapters are bringing community and connection to youth…

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Statement on Migrant Youth at the Border

In the wake of refugee and migrant families being separated from each other, mass deportations, and the deaths of children and youth while crossing the border, we at Youth MOVE National would like to express our outrage towards the inhumane policies and practices, which serve to cause trauma. We recognize…

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Rockstar Winner Em Mais Is Advocating for LGBTQ Youth with Disabilities

https://www.facebook.com/YouthMOVENational/videos/2229619223745746/ If you ever meet our Rockstar Awards 2018 Youth Advocate of the Year, they’ll be the first person to tell you they’re very upfront with describing themselves as a queer, non-binary, disabled person with mental health challenges. This intersectional lived experience drives and supports their advocacy work of educating…

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Rockstar Awards 2019: Open for Nominations

Nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced in September.     Youth MOVE National presents the Rockstar Awards to people and organizations who have made an outstanding contribution toward the improvement of youth or youth-serving systems—like mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.     Here’s what you…

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5 Ways to Be Trauma-informed in Everyday Life

A person’s prior experiences are like the foundation under a skyscraper. It’s the basis of who they are — even if you can’t see it. That’s why it’s important that everyone understands trauma and how it may manifest itself, especially when engaging with young adults. Many young adults have experienced…

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Why Youth Advocacy Is Health Equity Work

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be physically and mentally healthy. Here at Youth MOVE, we run into the term health equity often when dealing with high-level professionals across several fields. But when it comes to our own Youth MOVE chapter members or youth…

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How LGBTQ Youth are Changing the Foster Care System

Nakiya is one of many foster youth working toward improving the foster care system for LGBTQ people—but their life almost took another direction. The night before attending the QIC-LGBTQ2S summit, Nakiya was sure they were going to bail. “I had just been rejected from my dream university and journalism program…

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