Greetings, Youth MOVE Nation!

 

In a time of transition, I am able to look back on all that has accomplished, as well as forward to all that will come.  I have so very much enjoyed the opportunity to work with the amazing group of phenomenal young leaders across the Youth MOVE nation, and have been able to witness and support the growth of the youth voice MOVEment over the past two years. I believe I have been able to make a major difference in not only for the Youth MOVEment, but have helped to further youth voice and leadership skills for our nation’s young people.

 

When I started at Youth MOVE National, we had three half-time positions, and through work with our leadership team, was able to increase this to four full-time positions, with nearly quadruple the budget in less than two years, as well as providing strategic implementation of policies and procedures necessary to provide organizational infrastructure. Additionally, I oversaw the development and implementation of several successful programs, including the National Young Leaders Network, the Trauma Informed Method of Engagement (TIME) Model, the first grassroots, youth-led national policy initiative in our field – What Helps What Harms, Youth Peer Support Standards and activities, saw an increase from 43 to 77 chapters nationwide, and held the best Rockstar Youth Leadership Track at the Georgetown Training Institutes yet!

 

While I consider it an absolute privilege to have led this organization and this MOVEment for the past two years, an important part of leadership is knowing when to step out of the spotlight and support the next generation of young leaders to take over. As such, my time has come to pass this amazing and incredible opportunity on to the next fantastic young leader. Effective September 30, 2014, I will no longer serve as the Executive Director for Youth MOVE National. This is not an ending, but simply a transition in how I can continue to serve the Youth MOVEment.

 

Johanna Bergan, our current Director of Member Services, who you all already know and love, will serve as the Interim Executive Director. I look forward to supporting the next aspiring and inspiring leader of Youth MOVE National. I want to sincerely thank each and every person who has supported us (and myself) along this incredible journey, all of the supportive adults who have provided their guidance and wisdom, and the young leaders across the nation who continue to inspire and motivate me every dayI encourage you all to seriously consider visiting www.youthmovenational.org to make a financial donation to Youth MOVE National as our staff continue assisting the Youth MOVEment to grow strong in voice, leadership skills, talents, connections, and most importantly support of each other It truly takes all of us to continue a strong Youth MOVEment, and it has been an honor and a privilege to serve each and every one of you. I can’t wait to see where you all take the Youth MOVEment in the future.

 

Stay well, Youth MOVErs J 

 

Yours truly,

 

Lacy Kendrick Burk

Advocate for Youth

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