Spreading Wellness Around Town (SWAT) Youth Council
Host Organization: Monroe County Office of Mental Health via CCS
Chapter Type: Local Chapter
SWAT Youth Council is a group of youth who have had personal experience in one or more of the child-serving systems – Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Public Schools. The council gets together each month to learn from each other, from community leaders and from other professionals about topics and issues that youth care about. Most importantly, SWAT is a way for youth voice to be included in these systems so youth can influence change and be heard. The change that SWAT youth are seeking is to improve the services and supports these systems and community agencies provide
youth and their families.
SWAT is connected directly to the child-serving systems through the System of Care Leadership Team so there is a direct path of communication from SWAT members to system leaders. SWAT is for youth and lead by youth.