Rockstar Spotlight: Stephanie Sikes-Jones

We are excited to be highlighting the winners from this year’s RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition).

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Stephanie Sikes-Jones is the recipient of the Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year Award

This award is given to an individual who distinguishes themselves in the following ways:

  • Outstanding and continued performance as a youth or young adult advocate between the ages of 14 and 29 with lived experience in one or more child-serving system including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
  • Recognized and respected amongst peers and adults for exemplary leadership skills.
  • Outstanding and continued commitment to authentic representation of youth voice in a manner consistent and relative to youth culture and issues These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves moral courage, social media, creative arts, youth support groups, etc.
  • Outstanding participation in youth-led projects and/or groups aimed to increase awareness of mental health, juvenile justice, education or child welfare issues.

Now, let’s learn a little bit more about Rockstar, Stephanie Sikes-Jones!

Stephanie Sikes-Jones (She/Her) is the TAYLRD State Level Youth Leadership Coordinator at the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) and a young person with lived expertise. Prior to working with TAYLRD, Stephanie used her lived experience as a young person with PTSD & Bipolar disorder, as well as her experience in foster care to advocate for better services and supports for youth across the state & nation. In her current role, she helps other youth begin their own leadership journey and encourages partners to center the voices of youth and young adults in everything they do. Stephanie loves the work she does, because it allows her to work in partnership with a diverse and growing group of young people every day. The experiences and insights of this community of young leaders have made massive changes in her own life and in her state’s System of Care, and she hopes to keep pushing for their voices to be centered in every place where decisions are made that impact youth.

Thank you, Stephanie, for being a Rockstar!

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