In January of 2016, Youth MOVE National established a Youth Best Practice Committee (YBPC) to support young leaders and systems around the nation with understanding the value of youth voice in systems change work. The overarching goal of the YBPC is to develop a unified framework to show effective strategies for youth driven processes within four purpose areas:

  • Youth voice in local and national evaluation efforts
  • Youth engagement in systems change
  • Youth peer support
  • Youth program quality assurance

The committee has a robust, culturally diverse membership, who represent lived experience across a spectrum of systems. Membership includes youth, young adults, and other professional partners currently working as advocates dedicated to the youth movement. YBPC members use their personal experiences and voices to define what quality youth driven partnerships look like, as well as key outcomes for individuals, organizations, and systems who serve youth and implement youth programming.

The YBPC advises the field on the development and application of best practice approaches for engaging youth in systems transformation through meaningful planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of the programs that serve them. Particularly, the committee advises on efforts related to System of Care expansion, quality indicators for youth peer support, utilizing data to sustain youth-guided and driven practices, and the value of assessing quality of youth programing.The YBPC works to develop best practice standards, resources, and products to be disseminated to the field to support communities in becoming youth-driven.

Each year, the YBPC and YMN host an annual event at the University of South Florida Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Face-to-face time is utilized to provide professional development opportunities for YBPC members, as well as an open session aimed at bringing young adults and adult allies together for exploratory conversations around issues relevant to the youth movement.

The Role of Adult Allies in Supporting Youth Programs (Youth Best Practice Committee Roundtable 2017 Coming Soon)

Advancing the Youth MOVEment Through Evaluation and Best Practice (Youth Best Practice Committee Roundtable 2016)

Youth MOVE National brings young people and adult partners together for an exploratory conversation around best practices for youth and young adult engagement in systems change work. These Round Table sessions examine the role of data collection in quality improvement processes to assist in the design and implementation of best practices for youth driven care across systems that promotes sustainable youth programs.

To learn more, contact Kristin Thorp, kthorp@youthmovenational.org.

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SAMHSA’s upcoming KSOC-TV webisode is an opportunity to learn more about evidence-based strategies for addressing the mental health needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Be sure to watch and join the live Q&A on Nov. 30! http://fda.yorkcast.com/webcast/Play/1d62df68ded04204997542d3a5ea4e311d
#TBT to when the youth killed it during their plenary at #FFCMH17 this weekend. 🙌
RT @NAMICommunicate: Tell Congress that #taxreform shouldn’t harm people with mental illness. #Act4MentalHealth https://t.co/CTpliRG7LI htt…
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Students of Meade High School told Richard Baum, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, that if he wanted to address youth drug use, then youth had to be involved in the message development. 👏
A group of Anne Arundel County high school students spoke with Richard Baum, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy,
Our fearless executive director, Johanna Bergan, presenting in D.C. today on resilient and recovery-oriented systems. 🙌
Today at 3pm ET is the first pre-application webinar for Dare to Dream America. Go to https://t.co/mKHoXdXtc0 to re… https://t.co/Z7AN58EfFR
That feeling when a table was reserved for you. 👐 (Shout out to @nffcmh for helping make the RockStar Awards presentation run smoothly!) #ffcmh17
Tomorrow is the first of two pre-application webinars for Dare to Dream America. #Youth can receive $1,250 or $2,50… https://t.co/fNXXQdgeSy
Tomorrow is the first of two pre-application webinars for Dare to Dream America. #Youth can receive $1,250 or $2,500 for a #MentalHealth awareness project. Learn more at http://youthmovenational.org/daretodream #grants
Will Voss, the Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar award winner, posing with the man himself Gary Blau at #FFCMH17!
The Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar winner, Will Voss, with none other than @GaryBlauPhD at… https://t.co/tkrjFbO1aV
Youth MOVE Idaho told us they were so surprised by winning the Youth MOVE Chapter of the Year award, they forgot to… https://t.co/qBams0Zd4o
Youth MOVE Idaho accepting their Youth MOVE Chapter of the Year award at the #FFCMH17 conference! #rockstars
We had the best time at #FFCMH17. We learned, met new people, were inspired, and, as always, had tons of fun. We can't wait to share even more pictures in the coming days. Till the next one!
We had the best time at #FFCMH17—learning, meeting new ppl, being inspired, and as always having fun. Can’t wait to share more pics & vids!
When the conference is in Orlando. #FFCMH17 https://t.co/te1j1y1hSS
When the conference is in Orlando. #FFCMH17
And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity Presented by Youth MOVE National at 2017's RockStar Awards goes to… Jacob Griffin! For the past two years, Jacob has focused his efforts on increasing supports for college students in need of counseling and psychological services on campuses by increasing awareness of these issues with university trustees, student affairs administrators, politicians, and campus communities. He formed a task force, and later an independent 501(c)3, dedicated on integrating research and current college trends with best practices. This resulted in increased student success despite adversity. According to his peers, Jacob has served as an inspiration for anyone with whom he engages and is an exemplary role model for youth advocates. Congratulations Jacob, your hard work proves you are a RockStar! #rockstars
The @RWJF Award for Health Equity Presented at #RockStars is awarded to Jacob Griffin! Jacob has focused on increas… https://t.co/z7NOTmPpaZ
The Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar award is presented to… Will Voss! According to his peers, Wi… https://t.co/tJim9Qf2lW
And the Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar Award goes to… Will Voss! According to his peers, Will travels across the state to engage with youth face-to-face and to ensure agencies are building capacity for authentic youth engagement. He supports Healthy Transitions staff in becoming more youth-driven through workshops and trainings. And he organizes statewide Young Adult Leadership Council meetings. Will, you are a RockStar! Congratulations! #rockstars
The #RockStars Marlene Materese Advocate for Youth of the Year is awarded to… Joshua Sprunger! According to Indiana… https://t.co/TqYYLheYgZ
The Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year RockStar Award is presented to… Jack Storti! Jack serves… https://t.co/VFSn16OVeZ
The recipient of the #RockStars Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year award is… Jack Storti! Congratulations, Jack. You are definitely a RockStar! Jack serves as the Chair for the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council in Colorado, a youth council that guides and informs the work of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council (JJDP). The Emerging Leaders Council has guided the JJDP in LGBTQ inclusiveness through toolkits and trainings. They’ve designed youth programs and guide the full membership of the JJDP. Their work has been presented at state-level conferences and has increased the awareness of the juvenile justice system, and the mental health and child welfare systems.
The RockStar Organization of the Year is… @NashLaunchPad! In 2014, the LGBTQ and ally community of Nashville collab… https://t.co/Q9IFRaWmdE
2017's RockStar Organization of the Year is… Launch Pad! On any given night in Nashville, more than 300 youth are without permanent housing. Approximately 40% of these 300 youth identify as LGBTQ, placing them at greater physical and emotional risk than their straight and cisgender peers. In 2014, the LGBTQ and ally community of Nashville collaborated to create Launchpad, an initiative dedicated to providing safe sleeping shelters for youth in Nashville.
The Youth MOVE Chapter of the year is… @IdahoYouthMOVE!!! Youth MOVE Idaho reaches more than half the state, provid… https://t.co/fDJ3EzLzeg
The Youth MOVE Chapter of the Year is… Youth M.O.V.E Idaho!!! #RockStars Youth MOVE Idaho serves youth in more than half the state, providing both a safe space for young people to convene and offer support as well as providing workshops and leadership trainings on how to share stories of lived experience. Congratulations!
We're about to announce the winners of this year's #RockStar Awards! Please stand by. https://t.co/QpqAccmmqh
We're about to announce this year's winners of the RockStar Awards at the FFCMH conference in Orlando, FL. Stand by. The RockStar Awards recognizes individuals and organizations who've made an outstanding contribution toward improving the lives of youth and improving youth-serving systems. They are designed as a way for us to say a huge thank you to the giants who’ve come before us, to say thank you to the amazing supportive adults who have helped us, and to celebrate the youth advocates of today.
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