What Helps What Harms is Youth M.O.V.E. National's Policy Initiative.  Conducted over the last year, What Helps What Harms Initiative has been led by Project Director Jessica Grimm, of the Bravehearts M.O.V.E. New York.  Her work has engaged over 50 Youth M.O.V.E. Chapters in holding forums in chapter communities, leading young adults through a series of questions.  All youth are able to share what helps in achieving success and what is harmful in their life.  The questions apply to all aspects of youth life including services, culture, community, climate and more. Through a rigorous compilation project Youth M.O.V.E National presents the comprehensive youth voice of the Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter Network.  Youth MOVE National uses this document to guide policy work moving forward.  The youth have spoken and we are listening.

What Helps What Harms Executive Summary

Originally released on Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, 2014, this document outlines the history of What Helps What Harms and the journey from local to national iniaitive. 

What Helps What Harms National

This document is Youth M.O.V.E. National's Policy guiding work.

Below are the themes and pillars found in our national policy document.

Three Themes:

Peer Support

Cultural Compentency

Youth Voice

Six Pillars:

Education

Community

Mental Health

Foster Care

Juvenile Justice

Employment

Individual chapter What Helps What Harms documents may be found on each Chapter Profile page.

What Helps What Harms Project Director

Jessica GrimmJessica Grimm photo

Jessica Grimm serves locally in New York, as the Youth Coordinator for Family Ties of Westchester and nationally as the Project Director of What Helps, What Harms for Youth M.O.V.E. National. She is 28 years old and has been working as an advocate for young adults for the past 10 years. Jessica knows first hand the value and importance of youth voices being heard, by not having one of her own as a child. Her lived experience allows her the blessing to be able to connect with young people and work collaboratively on personal goals and system reform. Being the proud mother of 2 beautiful children, Jessica especially enjoys mentoring young woman that are parenting.

Jessica co-facilitates Westchester's Bravehearts M.O.V.E New York chapter which currently works along side the Department of Social Services and the Department of Community Mental Health on the Westchester Building Futures grant, which looks to prevent homelessness for youth coming out of foster care. Miss Grimm sits on various county committees and advisory boards. She has spoken at numerous events both locally and nationally on the importance of youth voice, engagement and involvement. Jessica currently works on the exciting nationwide wide Youth M.O.V.E. project, What Helps, What Harms. She will be traveling to Ireland this summer with Lacy Kendrick Burk, to bring this philosophy and initiative abroad!


Jessica will be returning to school in the fall to continue her education towards her MSW. She continues her daily efforts to promote better outcomes for youth. in her community and across the country. As, she always says, "there is healing, in helping".

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