First and foremost, we want to wish you well. During these uncertain times, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay focused on our day-to-day tasks as the world around us changes so dramatically. As a team, we are connecting daily both as producers of youth empowerment work and as individual global citizens who are experiencing this event with all of you.
We want to share that we are feeling the unsteady state of the world right now and want to reiterate that whatever emotional response you have during this time is valid. This is a time to take care of yourself and others and validate that we are all going through this together, but may be experiencing it in different ways. We can all be better served by understanding each other’s worldview during times like this and hold space for each other to feel, express, and react to the events surrounding us.
We wanted to reach out as a source of support for you and your organizations. Even though we have always worked in virtual spaces, YMN is making a few changes to the way we do business. In the midst of our everyday lives changing, we will be launching a series of blog posts and online resources for our chapter networks, youth-serving organizations, TA partners, and collaborators.
As we all try to balance a sense of normalcy in an environment that is pushing urgency, we want to lend our team as a resource. With that in mind, we want you all to know that YMN will continue to provide technical assistance, knowing that it may look different given our current situation. We feel it is our responsibility to assist our network in coming up with creative ways to facilitate youth empowerment in any way that we can. If that means creating online drop-in spaces with chat and video programs, facilitating team meetings virtually, or sharing resources on how to manage stress and anxiety during a global crisis, we want to be there for you. Our TA services are fully open and available, so please feel free to fill out our TA form or contact us directly at [email protected]
Our hope is that together we can find strategies to MOVE forward during this stressful time.
– The Youth MOVE National Team