Rockstar FinalLogo2 Trans ForWebYouth M.O.V.E. National presents its Rock Star Awards to 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. 

Eligibility

  • Recipients need not be members of Youth M.O.V.E. National.

  • The award may be given posthumously.

  • Prospective recipients may self-nominate

  • Current members of the Board of Directors, National Leadership Team and previous recipients of the award are not eligible for nomination.

 

Nominations for 2016 RockStar Awards are now closed. We look forward to your nominations in 2017!

Additional Information in the RockStar Awards Informational Packet

 

Criteria

Individuals and/or organizations nominated should have distinguished themselves in one or more the following ways:

NEW THIS YEAR!

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity Nomination Form

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.

Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued service to the profession through active support of youth voice as evidenced by efforts to ensure youth voice is fully integrated into the work.

2. Outstanding and continued commitment to youth engagement in a manner consistent with the highest standards of the field. These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves exceptional creativity, innovation, intellectual or moral courage, leadership, or scholarship.

3. Outstanding research and/or publication in any media or format that contributes to the further understanding and development of authentic engagement of youth voice.

4. Outstanding and continued performance as a teacher in the field of social services or a closely related field.

 

Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued performance as a youth or young adult advocate between the ages of 14 and 29 with lived experience in one or more child-serving system including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

2. Recognized and respected amongst peers and adults for exemplary leadership skills.

3. Outstanding and continued commitment to authentic representation of youth voice in a manner consistent and relative to youth culture and issues These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves moral courage, social media, creative arts, youth support groups, etc.

4. Outstanding participation in youth-led projects and/or groups aimed to increase awareness of mental health, juvenile justice, education or child welfare issues.

 

Organization of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued development of youth-guided programs and practices.

2. Recognized as a leading organization in engaging and promoting youth voice in all levels of the organization.

3. Outstanding implementation of authentic youth engagement as is evidenced in written policies and procedures, presence of youth on governing authorities, and as reported by young people in program.

4. Outstanding commitment to youth engagement as is evidenced by efforts among others to ensure youth are fully integrated into work.

5. Outstanding and continued support of a recognized chapter of Youth MOVE National as evidenced by the creation of a positive partnership between youth and adults/parents.

 

Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued support and facilitation of youth and young adult voice as evidenced by involvement in youth-led projects, trainings, etc…

2. Recognized as a significant support person for youth and young adults involved in advocating for positive systems change.

3. Outstanding and continued commitment to being a champion for youth voice.

4. Outstanding relationships with youth and young adults.

 

Youth M.O.V.E. National Chapter of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued performance as a nationally recognized chapter of Youth M.O.V.E. National in good standing for at least one (1) year.

2. Recognized and respected within statewide and/or local community as youth-led group that upholds the mission and vision of Youth MOVE National

3. Outstanding and continued commitment to authentic representation of youth voice in a manner consistent and relative to youth culture and issues These standards may be met in a variety of ways, including activity which involves moral courage, social media, creative arts, youth support groups, etc.

4. Outstanding participation in innovative thinking that contributes to the field of youth engagement with an aim to increase awareness and best practices of mental health, juvenile justice, education or child welfare issues.

 

Youth Advocate of the Year:

Chandra Watts (Youth M.O.V.E. Massachusetts) (2015)

Chandra Watts is the Lead Peer Support Specialist at Youth M.O.V.E. Massachusetts and the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, a statewide, non-profit, family organization based in Massachusetts dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of children, youth, young adults and famillies through advocacy and education.  She uses her lived experience to educate her community about the stigma surrounding mental health.  She advocates for positive charge in all youth serving systems in the state of Massachusetts.  Driven by her own past within the mental health system, Chandra aims to help youth and young adults make a voice for themselves and be heard at the local, state, and national level.

Niketa Currie (Youth M.O.V.E. North Carolina) (2014)

Niketa embodies the journey of lived experience with bravery, humor and understanding that adults can learn from. When appropriate, she shares her lived story with her peers and community stakeholders so that other young people overcome their fear of expressing their strengths and talents with no fear! Niketa's journey from Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth is even evident in the successes she's experienced as a young mother and advocate for her son Xavier, and her recent transition to living independently. With all of these life changing events Niketa continues to actively serve on the statewide board of Youth M.O.V.E. North Carolina as Secretary.

(Brendan Ward (Memphis, TN) (2013)

Brendan Ward is a young person that commands an audience. Since he has learned how to share his story of overcoming his diagnosis; he has become unstoppable. He actively seeks opportunities to read his speeches and poems detailing his journey from, as he calls it, "Uncontrolled ADHD to Controlled ADHD". Over the years he has boldly inspired many parents, and community & government officials.

Eric Lulow (2012)

Angelica Roberts (2011)

 

Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year:

Damie Jackson-Diop (2015)

Damie Jackson-Diop has been involved in youth transition work for almost 10 years with North Carolina Families United, serving as the Youth Transition Program Director.  She helped to start Powerful Youth United, which then incorporated into Youth M.O.V.E. North Carolina in 2010.  She works tirelessly to ensure youth voices are at the table and are heard.  Even when she meets pushback from agencies or decision-making bodies, she is motivated to push even harder for youth voice.  She is humble and will always give recognition to youth or others.

Bruce Brumfield (Onondaga Youth MOVE) (2014)

Bruce Brumfield is a part of Onondaga Youth MOVE and OnCare, which is a collaborative system of caring and support that provides what families need for their children and youth with emotional or behavioral challenges to be happy and successful in the home, school and community. He works with youth ages 12 – 21 years old; teaching them life skills in real social situations so that they can be successful in their life's endeavors.

Ratisha Carter (Champaign, IL) (2013)

Ratisha Carter is the Statewide Director for Youth M.O.V.E. Illinois and Youth Engagement Specials for Access Initiative. ACCESS Initiative is a System of Care in Champaign County to help youth (ages 10-18) function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life. Ratisha has exemplified an uncompromising determination to support youth, a willingness to learn and perfect her methods to effectively engage youth, and provides numerous opportunities for youth to UNDERSTAND the world in which they live and to be UNDERSTOOD by their therapist, counselors, program directors, community, schools and family.

Lorrin Gehring (2012)

Marlene Matarese (2011) Inaugural Award to Namesake

 

Organization of the Year:

Federation of Families Miami-Dade (2015)

Federation of Families Miami-Dade has been a great supporter of youth voice!  In 2014, when FOF was awarded a large sum of funds to open a drop-in center, Youth M.O.V.E. Maimi was unsure of how they would fit into the equation.  But FOF had a plan...they allocated the funds to make certain Youth M.O.V.E. Miami had a home in what is now The Youth & Family Center that has allowed Youth M.O.V.E. Miami to run meetings and events.  FOF is a great example of the support youth groups around the country need to impact their community.

Kentucky Partnerships for Families and Children (2014)

Kentucky Partnership has worked over the past fifteen years to understand, grow and implement a "youth-guided/driven" System of Care. They have grown to include eleven community mental health centers each with regional youth councils and provides a training and a monthly stipend for youth leaders to facilitate each youth council meeting. For the past six years, Kentucky Partnership's statewide youth council has been an equal partner in the planning of the their annual youth/parent conference

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (Washington DC) (2013)

Under the leadership of Dr. Phyllis Magrab, Principal Investigator, and Jim Wotring, Director, the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development has consistently believed in the value of youth voice. They have consistently supported and engaged initiatives and projects that help support young voice and the work of young people.

Magellan Health Services (2012)

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (2011)

 

Youth M.O.V.E. National Chapter of the Year:

Youth M.O.V.E. Maine (2015)

Youth M.O.V.E. Maine has successfully embedded themselves in communities across Maine as leaderss of Youth Peer Support.  They have supported hundreds of young people with lived experience across the state in identifying their strengths and passions.  Their unique ability to acquire braided funds from SAMHSA, Department of Corrections and smaller contracts has helped them to employ youth and young adults with lived experience to build authentic relationships with young people.  Youth M.O.V.E. Maine also works with various community members, businesses, officials and social service providers to provide resources and skills a young person needs to thrive in a way that young person sees fit.  They are also working closely with the Department of Corrections to strengthen re-entry efforts and support youth in being positive leaders and role models.  They are in a great position to build a better Maine.

Youth M.O.V.E. Miami Through the Arts (2014)

Youth M.O.V.E. Miami represents many different cultures and backgrounds, yet all have a united voice. Through the use of creative arts they aim to use individual experiences to promote positive messages about wellness in the community. They provide youth an opportunity to express themselves in creative ways by engaging in several workshops to create their messages such as; poetry and spoken word, art and photography, and drama and skits. As equal partners in their systems of care, they empower and strengthen youth voices in order to motivate wellness and success.

Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) (2013)

Under the leadership of Martin Rafferty, Executive Director, Youth MOVE Oregon has achieved it's dream of becoming an independent, youth driven, non-profit organization, offering the voice of young people to the state of Oregon. Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon's work on the ground in the state with drop-in centers, trainings and advocacy is inspiring for all who are impacted. Their work in youth peer to peer support is timely in today's service environment; and their courage in addressing suicide attempts head on are an example of their willingness to do whatever it takes to support young adults.

Youth M.O.V.E. North Carolina (2012)

Youth M.O.V.E. Arkansas (2011)

 

Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year:

Jasmine Boatwright (Youth M.O.V.E. Detroit) (2015)

Jasmine Boatwright is the Youth Involvement Coordinator for Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority's Children's Initiatives Department and Champion for the Detroit Youth M.O.V.E. and Michigan's Chapters. She leads the Youth United initiative for the Department as well as outreach events, youth trainings, and participates on several committees - including youth and parent advisory councils, upper management system meetings, and an executive leadership collaborative body.  Jasmine's experience, knowledge, and leadership skills have turned a small initiative into a large population of youth who, inspired by her commitment and passion, are gaining momentum to impact change in their community.

Dr. JoAnne Malloy (2014)

Dr. JoAnne Malloy is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. She ensures that youth drive their own planning and participate in system change at the policy, planning, and evaluation level. JoAnne uses data to show how youth can achieve the highest level of positive outcomes by following their dreams and being connected to communities; she fully believes in youth, and listens to their ideas for project improvement.

Gwen White (Washington, DC) (2013)

Gwen White is the Project Director of the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI). This initiative allocated 25 million dollars to integrate services and supports for youth and young adults 16-25 with serious mental health conditions and their families. Gwen  has been an incredibly supportive adult ally, gets youth voice, and has successfully applied engaging youth and young adults in the Healthy Transitions Initiative. When funding was cut from the FY2014 budget she continued to engage and rally to reinstate the funding.

Elizabeth Waetzig (2012)

Dr. Gary M. Blau (2011)  Inaugural Award to namesake

 

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