RAVE 2022 Roundup!

On Thursday, November 10th, Youth MOVE National opened a virtual stage for our annual Rockstar Awards. This is the third year the Rockstar Awards have been presented in a virtual space! This is a way for us to get creative in how we honor youth advocates, supportive adult allies, and organizations working towards enhancing and making youth-serving systems better.

Special Thanks to Te Jay McGrath for being the RAVE host!

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.

We honored Rockstars on our virtual stage (http://www.twitch.tv/youthmovenational), and had over 40 audience members cheering them on. We heard stories of resiliency and advocacy from the introductory speakers and the Rockstars themselves. The chat room truly was a RAVE as peers, supporters, and strangers alike cheered for these amazing advocates on screen. We heard stories of resiliency and advocacy from the introductory speakers and the Rockstars themselves. We felt truly inspired by the stories and the speeches that were given by these youth advocates.

A big shoutout to the Rockstar Awards Committee who read so many amazing stories and had the difficult decision in choosing the awardees! Thank you to Brittany O’Neal, John Dellick, Elizabeth Calcaterra, Rachael Landaum, and Shreyaa Venkat.

Over the last month, we have been raising money to help continue the work that Youth MOVE National does through technical assistance, organizational readiness for youth engagement, supporting our chapter network, programs like the Youth Advocate Leadership Academy, and a variety of committee opportunities we offer to youth (to name a few). We use these funds to hire youth consultants to advise on certain projects, engage in research & policy efforts, and hire directly in opportunities such as paid internships.

This campaign also helps to directly support the Rockstar Awards.

There is still time to help sponsor all of the amazing work by checking out our Rockstar Fundraiser:

If you missed the show, don’t fret. We have uploaded RAVE 2022 to our YouTube channel and can watch it here:

Keep your eyes open on the Youth MOVE blog! Starting next week, we will be featuring Rockstars and their incredible work.

2022 RAVE Winners

Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year Award – Kevin Puskaric
Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year Award – Christina Breen
Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year Award – Johanna Bergan
Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year Award – Stephanie Sikes-Jones
Chapter of the Year Award – Youth MOVE PA
Organization of the Year Award – GSA Link
Robert Johnson Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity – Elliott Hinkle

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