Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign’s Young Adult Council Seeks New Members

 

Every year, SAMHSA’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign develops trainings, materials, and events—including National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This work seeks to shed light on the importance of mental health for all youth.

Help ensure the work they do is youth-guided! The Campaign looking for youth and young adults ages 16 to 26 who have received mental health services to join their Young Adult Council. Experience with systems of care is preferred, but not required.

Participation in the Campaign’s Young Adult Council helps to ensure youth voice is included so messaging reaches as many young people as possible.

You will be provided honoraria for your time.

 

The Young Adult Council provides
  • Necessary Feedback
    Whether working on Awareness Day or developing a new training, the Council provides feedback to course correct current strategies and offers ideas to improve the work.

  • Materials and Message Development
    The Council advises the Campaign team on how its message is being delivered, which platforms need to be expanded (or left behind), and helps create digital materials, such as web and social media content.
 
Why You Should Join
  • Become an active member of a nationwide community.
    Being a part of the Young Adult Council means being connected to a community that serves system of care grantees in most U.S. states and territories. Challenge yourself while also building your résumé.

  • Grow as a communications professional.
    You’ll be working on developing communications materials and brainstorming on communications strategies, all while learning about social marketing plans and experiencing how these plans work in action.

  • Make a positive impact.
    Your work on the Council will help us increase awareness of mental health and aid in reducing discrimination by strengthening our message.
 
Interested? Here’s How to Join

We only have three criteria. We’re looking for youth and young adults who:

  • Are between the ages of 16 and 26;
  • Have lived experience with mental health challenges; and
  • Can commit to at least half of our virtual meetings per year (there is one one-hour meeting per month), with the understanding that you will keep up to date on notes and projects being completed between meetings.

To apply, click here.

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017.

For more information, contact Lacy Kendrick Burk at lkendrick@changematrix.org.

Call for Artwork

Want your art featured on a national platform? Your work can be showcased in a digital exhibit in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

Artists, listen up! Youth MOVE National is partnering with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and Head Start to sponsor I Am a Work of Art, an original art showcase that celebrates the important role of art and creativity in mental health and wellness. The digital exhibit will be shown in conjunction with National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 4, 2017. We're inviting all youth and young adults, ages 3 to 25, to submit original artwork that addresses both the "I Am a Work of Art" theme for this specialized exhibit as well as Awareness Day's focus on the link between behavioral and physical health.

All of the artwork will be combined into a national digital art collection which will be available to view online at AATA's website in April and May 2017. In addition, selected pieces from the collection will be showcased during the national event in Washington, DC.

You have until February 6, 2017, to submit your original pieces of artwork to be considered for the exhibit. We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

Download the flyer and release form by clicking here.


Criteria
  • All artwork must be original and address the "I am a work of art" theme.
  • All artists must sign and submit a release form.
  • Though not required, you are allowed to submit a personal statement about your art.
  • Artists must be between the ages of 3 and 25.

How to Submit
  • Create original artwork using the exhibit theme.
  • Take a high-resolution photo of your artwork (a JPG or JPEG file between 72–120 dpi; lower resolutions will not be accepted).
  • Submit the photo and the consent form to info@arttherapy.org by February 6, 2017.

About National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2017 will be observed by over 150 national organizations and 1,100 communities across the country on May 4, 2017. The Awareness Day national event will be held at 7pm ET at the Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC, and live streamed. Awareness Day 2017 will focus on the importance of integrating children's mental, emotional and physical health. During the event, best practices in communication between behavioral health providers, primary care, youth and families as well as evidence-based community programs will be showcased.

RockStar Award Nominations Now Open for 2016

ROCK STAR AWARDS CELEBRATES CHAMPIONS FOR YOUTH

Decorah– (August 8, 2016) – It’s that time of year again; Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (M.O.V.E.) National is celebrating the 6th 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. On your mark, get set go! NOMINATIONS are OPEN until September 5th!!!  National RockStars will be announced during the National Wraparound Academy in Rockville, MD. Submit your nomination today by visiting www.YouthMOVENational.org/Pages/rock-stars.html

NEW THIS YEAR!

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity

Youth M.O.V.E. National is pleased to offer the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National. YMN has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to honor and reward excellence in promoting health equity and systems transofrmation work.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully implemented a systems change approach within the past two years to improve outcomes for those impacted by health disparities. With this award, we are aiming to recognize and celebate an individual who has helped to create a culture of health, particularly in one or more of the following areas: access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, and public safety.

One nominee (an individual or team of up to two individuals) will receive national recognition, as well as a $3000 prize. The prize money is unrestricted and may be used in any way determined by the winner.

Eligibility - Consistent with the Offical Rules for this award, in order to be considered for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National, nominees must be:

  • Citzens or legal residents of the United States;
  • Thirteen (13) years of age or older;
  • Not a trustee, director, officer, stakeholder, employee, contractor, agent, representative, affliliate of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Youth M.O.V.E. National, selection committee, or the spouse/domestic partner, parent, sibling, child, or grandchild of any of the foregoing;
  • Have not previously received any Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity from any sponsor organization in any year.

Youth M.O.V.E. National Receives $60 Thousand Grant to Find and Celebrate Individuals Who Are Advancing Health Equity

December 22, 2015        

CONTACT: Raphaelle Richardson  rrichardson@youthmovenational.org

Decorah, Iowa—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) —the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care—has awarded Youth M.O.V.E. National a $60,000 grant spanning seven years to help establish the RWJF Awards for Health Equity.

The RWJF Awards for Health Equity is supporting a total of 10 national membership organizations in finding and honoring individuals who are successfully using systems changes to address health disparities within their communities. RWJF believes that it is critical to improve systems that influence the determinants of health —such as public safety, employment, housing, education—in order to improve lives and reduce health disparities.

During this seven-year program, Youth M.O.V.E. National will independently solicit and evaluate nominations from their membership and select a winner for the award. Winners will be announced at Youth M.O.V.E. National’s Annual Meetings as well as at an annual recognition and learning event at RWJF that will highlight the work of all 10 winners. The organizations that have been selected to administer the awards program span several sectors including public health, health care, business, media, social justice, civic leadership, faith-based, education, community development, or philanthropy.

“As a nation, we will not be able to achieve a Culture of Health without ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to live in healthy environments, make healthy choices and receive quality health care” said Catherine Malone, DBA, MBA, program officer of the RWJF Awards for Health Equity. “By celebrating those who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health, we hope to heighten awareness of the promising potential that systems changes have to eliminate health disparities in our society”.

“Youth M.O.V.E. National is a strong proponent of preparing youth to be true partners in community change with an understanding that said efforts will assist youth in achieving the best prospects to live longer healthier lives” said Raphaelle Richardson, Director of Resource and Development.

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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About Youth M.O.V.E. National

Youth M.O.V.E. National is a youth-led organization purposed to unite the voices of youth and the causes that impact the healthy growth and development of youth with lived experience in social service systems such as; child welfare, mental health, education, and juvenile justice. For more information visit www.YouthMOVENational.org. Follow the organization on facebook at www.facebook.com/YouthMOVENational and twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.

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