Mission and Vision

Who We Are

Youth MOVE National is a youth-driven, chapter-based organization dedicated to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems—including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

 

What We Do

We the members of Youth MOVE National will work as a diverse collective to unite the voices and causes of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. We will advocate for youth rights and voice in mental health and the other systems that serve them, for the purpose of empowering youth to be equal partners in the process of change.

 

Why We Do It

We the members of Youth “Motivating Others through Voices of Experience” (MOVE) National envision systems in which every youth person that enters a youth-serving system is being prepared for life through genuine opportunities and authentic youth involvement throughout all systems levels. We help guide the redevelopment of the systems so that no youth falls through the cracks. We advocate for youth to utilize their power and expertise to foster change in their communities and in their own lives.

Youth MOVE National works toward the day when all people will recognize and accept the culture of youth, their families, and the communities that serve them in order to be truly culturally competent. Youth MOVE National looks forward to the day when youth are no longer treated as numbers, problems, or caseloads, but as individuals and humans. We will all stand as partners: youth, youth advocates, supporters, parents, and professionals to see youth become successful.

RockStar Awards

RockStar Awards

The RockStar Awards is our recognition program dedicated toward highlighting individuals and organizations improving youth-serving systems and the lives of youth.

Youth Best Practice Committee

Youth Best Practice Committee

The YBPC supports young leaders and systems around the nation with understanding the value of youth voice in systems change work.

Dare to Dream America

Dare to Dream America

Dare to Dream America provides an opportunity for youth to be awarded a grant of up to $2,500 to implement projects that promote mental health awareness.