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Rock Star Awards Celebrates Youth Voice

On your marks, get set go! Youth Motivating Other through Voices of Experience (M.O.V.E.) National has OPENED NOMINATIONS for the 4TH Annual Rock Star Awards! This prestigious award honors individuals and/or organizations who make an outstanding contribution to the improvement of youth, services and systems that support positive growth and development of young people who have lived experience in various child-serving systems including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

ROCK STAR AWARDS CELEBRATES CHAMPIONS FOR YOUTH

It’s that time of year again; Youth Motivating Other through Voices of Experience (M.O.V.E.) National is celebrating the 4th Annual RockStar Awards! This prestigious award honors individuals and organizations who make an outstanding contribution to the improvement of youth, services and systems that support positive growth and development of young people who have lived experience in various child-serving systems including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. A special job well done goes to the previous Rock Stars! Your chance to nominate a Rock Star starts Monday, March 10, 2014.

Support Youth Advocates

Did you know Youth MOVE National is an organization that was founded by young adults and is operated by young adults? If you support organizations that are truly youth driven and youth guided please consider donating to continue funding programs geared towards helping those young people. 

10 years ago a group of young people decided they would no longer be victims of their circumstances. In fact, with the help of many adult supporters, young people with experience in foster care, residential centers, drug and substance abuse, mental health and juvenile detention centers were determine to rise above their situation and Motivate Others through Voices of Experiences (MOVE). 

Knowing that young people are affected by so many systems, the group worked hard to unite the voices and causes of youth and become a national youth-led non-profit organization. 

Let’s Shatter the Myths about Drug Abuse

Have you heard the news?  The National Institute on Drug Abuse is holding the third annual National Drug Facts Week from January 27 – February 2, 2014.  Taking part in National Drug Facts Week means you have the opportunity to  help shatter the myths about drug use for teens.

Every day, teens are bombarded with conflicting messages that may leave them feeling confused and unsure of who to ask for information about drug use.  With 7.4% of teens reporting abuse of prescription drugs in the past year and 22.6% of 12th graders reporting using marijuana in the past month, it’s crucial to reach teens with the facts.

Wondering how you can take part?  There are plenty of ways to get involved in National Drug Facts Week.  You can:

·         Host a local event in your community – don’t forget to register on line

Share Your #ACA Success Story - Because Your Voice Matters

As a young person in today’s society, being able to advocate for what you need to succeed is one of the most valuable skills you can develop. In order to create change and spark movements, you must use one of the best tools you possess, your voice. Using your voice and sharing your personal experience is highly effective when wanting to create change and reach your goals.

With the previous passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the goal is to ensure that every American has access to affordable health care resulting in an improved quality of life. The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) is gathering stories from young people who have taken advantage of the ACA through the Health Insurance Marketplace in order to help those who haven’t yet signed up realize the benefits it brings to Young Americans.

Upcoming Webinar: Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition

Save Tuesday, February 25 for Youth M.O.V.E. National's next webinar.

Transition happens for all young adults, and youth entering the field of advocacy are no exception. Young adults utilizing personal experiences need additional support in learning to apply these in a professional setting as they transition from being a "youth advocate" into an "advocate for youth." This webinar identifies stages of development in this process, research related to each stage, as well as guidance and tip sheets both for the young advocate in transition and the adults who provide professional development support.

Fall/Winter Youth MOVE National Newsletter

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Read about some of the newest activities at Youth M.O.V.E. National this winter.  This newsletter highlights the National Young Leaders Network (NYLN), Dare to Dream America Awards, To Be Honest (#TBH) Campaign and more!

Text, Talk, Act on December 5: We're having the conversation - Are you?

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Calling all Youth MOVErs!

Mental health affects us all. It’s time to end the silence. It’s time to talk about it.

This December 5th, join Creating Community Solutions in a nationwide discussion on mental health….via your cell phone! All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health.

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