Rockstar Highlight: Aaron Boswell

The time has come to highlight our final awardee from the 2019 Rockstar Awards! Last year was such a wonderful time for youth advocacy, and the winner of the Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year was a big part of that work! Aaron Boswell exemplifies the Youth MOVE…

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Rockstar Highlight: Jose Che-Che Turrubiartez

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As we close in on the October 2nd deadline to nominate for a 2020 Rockstar Award, we are so honored to highlight winners from last year, including Jose Che-Che-Turrubiartez! Jose won the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, which is a partner organization that specifically awards youth advocates…

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Rockstar Highlight: Youth MOVE Virginia

Part of our annual Rockstar celebration is to honor a Youth MOVE chapter that is doing exceptional work. Our chapters are diverse when it comes to purpose areas, funding structures, hosted organizations, geographic areas, populations served, and many other factors. This is one of the things that make our network…

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Youth MOVE National Launches New Peer Center!

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Across the country, recovery-oriented services and consumer-run organizations, including youth and family-run organizations, are increasingly seen as vital supports within the mental health service array. Youth MOVE National’s Peer Center was established in July 2020, with grant funding support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As a youth-run peer organization, YMN honors…

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Rockstar Feature: Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery

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It's time once again to feature one of the 2019 Rockstar Award recipients: The Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery. Last year, they won the coveted Organization of the Year award, and for good reason! Read a little more about what they do. The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery…

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Rockstar Feature: Alex Barker

With the announcement of the Youth MOVE National 2020 RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition), we want to spend the next couple of weeks featuring some of our past winners and highlight some of the great work that was done to earn these folks awards in the past. Remember, if you…

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Rockstar Feature: Wendy Lesko

With the announcement of the Youth MOVE National 2020 RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition), we want to spend the next couple of weeks featuring some of our past winners and highlight some of the great work that was done to earn these folks awards in the past. Remember, if you…

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YMN Joins Change Matrix on Leadership Podcast

Recently, Johanna was invited to join an episode of 'Living Adaptive Leadership,' a new podcast by Change Matrix. In this episode, she explores the many ways she lives out adaptive leadership principles in her work at Youth MOVE National. Listen to Episode 2 of Living Adaptive Leadership: Youth https://youtu.be/RVNBeYMnfEA At…

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Black Lives Matter & Healing Justice

Written by Tamara Manzer Today, more than ever, our nation must affirm and center healing in the lives of Black youth. Black youth are experiencing a mental health crisis while at the same time they continue to face systemic inequalities and disparities that have been further perpetuated in 2020. In…

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The Power of Self-Affirmations

A Special Note from YMN: As Youth MOVE National continues it's a commitment to Black Lives Matter, providing resources in response to COVID, and being a leader on youth engagement, we have taken time to create a general flow of blogs for the coming months. Over the last couple of…

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