RAVE 2020 Roundup!

Last night, Youth MOVE National opened a virtual stage for our annual Rockstar Awards. This year, we had to get creative with how we wanted to present these awards to youth advocates, supportive adult allies, and organizations working towards enhancing and making youth-serving systems better. Special Thanks to Joshua Calarino…

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The Early Assessment and Support Alliance Program Review

Written by Sam Skinner It's time for me to get on my soapbox to love on The Early Assessment and Support Alliance: Oregon's first episode psychosis program for youth and young adults.  In every county in Oregon, there is an EASA program. These team-oriented programs may include a therapist, psychiatrist…

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Guest Post: November is National Adoption Month

Written by Erin Bader from Child Welfare Information Gateway A sense of belonging and connectedness is a vital human need. We all need the love and support of others in order to achieve our goals and meet our personal definition of success. Unfortunately, young people in foster care are often…

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Sustaining Our Anti-Racist Practices Over Time

Written by Lydia Proulx Unlike our previous blog posts, this one has a more specific intended audience. This post is for me and my white peers. This is our task, not that of our peers, neighbors, friends, and family of color. If this causes a defensive reaction in your gut;…

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Sponsor a Rockstar Today!

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2020 Rockstar Fundraiser Official Page Hello Fellow Youth Advocates, 2020 has been a year of finding resiliency and we know that that youth and young adults are resiliency-builders. Despite the challenges we have faced this year, we know that youth all across the nation have found ways to create better communities…

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Dare 2 Dream 2020 Special Projects Completed

In the midst of the uncertainty, chaos, and not so good news around us, my favorite project to review lately has been the Dare to Dream wrapup. In the 2019-2020 funding cycle, Youth MOVE National funded 9 amazing Dare to Dream projects.  Groups submitted applications in November 2019, were notified…

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Rockstar Highlight: 2018 Organization of the Year Advocate Publishes Book!

The 2020 Rockstar nominations are now closed. As we work on the follow-up to announce winners and present our 2020 RAVE Awards Show, we want to continue to highlight the great work of youth across America. Recently, we were in touch with Kayla Morgan, who accepted a 2018 Rockstar Award…

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Vote for Change in 2020

Written by: Tamara Manzer Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020  Youth MOVE National values the voices of young people involved in the decisions that impact them. Especially, the voices of young people with lived experience in mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and education systems. Therefore, we believe it…

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Using Creativity to Feel in Control

Written by Madeline Zielinski Having a sense of control is an important part of having mental wellness. Right now it feels like a lot of things are out of our control. We lived in a mechanized world, where it seems almost everything around us is automized, part of a system,…

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Guest Post: Being a Supportive Ally Part II

Being A Supportive Ally - Everything is the Same and Everything Has Changed  Part II This is What Being An Ally Can Look Like Written by Gwen White I have dedicated time and energy to be an adult ally to both colleagues and youth.  I am passionate about and dedicated…

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