Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Johanna leads and guides Youth MOVE National’s work to ensure all young adults in youth-serving systems are seen as leaders. As a young mother, she saw the need for positive systems change and was one of the many young adults on the frontlines of Youth MOVE National’s founding. She believes strongly that change stems from dialogue between individuals with lived experience. You wouldn’t believe this about Johanna, but she’s an introvert. She can be seen frequently recommending niche podcasts to unsuspecting individuals.
Brie is on a mission to ensure all youth programs are youth-driven and trauma-informed. She’s also Youth MOVE National’s resident data nerd. Growing up as a trauma survivor, Brie felt isolated and had no place to turn but formal systems that did not include her in decision-making. Her experiences drive her passion for this work and organizations like Youth MOVE National, where youth-driven practices are crucial to helping youth not feel alone in some of the most challenging times. Her favorite things include hiking, cooking, being creative, upscaling old furniture, and spending time with my her sisters.
Jasmine became interested in youth and family voice once she noticed the limited power young adults have in decision-making. She began sharing her and her family’s experiences in the mental health system in order to advocate for youth. Prior to joining Youth MOVE National, her advocacy led her to become the director of Youth MOVE Michigan, supporting Youth MOVE Detroit, and providing technical assistance to local systems of care and tribal youth groups. When she’s off the clock, Jasmine moonlights as a local entertainment promoter and can put together a playlist of good music you haven’t heard before. One of her favorite movies is the Transformers series because Bumblebee reminds her of her first car she named John Shaft.
Preferred Pronouns: He/Him
Michael first joined the Youth MOVE family as an intern for Youth MOVE Miami. He designed promotional materials, produced outreach videos, ran social media stigma-reduction campaigns, and led workshops for young adults on using multimedia as a means of advocacy. These days, he ensures that Youth MOVE National’s brand is represented accurately everywhere. He’s driven by the potential of all people knowing and comprehending the information they need in order to fully understand an organization’s mission. He’s also always been a huge believer in young adults using their voices for positive impact. Michael is the self-proclaimed TV binge-watcher of the team and makes too many pop culture references that no one understands. He’s in an unspoken battle with Madeline for best GIF-usage on our office instant messenger.
Preferred Pronouns: They/Them
Lydia’s own lived experience with mental health, school, and youth leadership drives their dedication to authentic youth engagement, advocacy, and education. They’re excited about improving the service delivery model for LGBTQIA2-S youth on a national scale. As the former youth program manager at Youth MOVE Massachusetts and Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL), they led the development of youth peer support groups, youth trainings and speaking engagements, and the internship program. In their spare time, Lydia volunteers on a local farm for hunger relief and teaches comprehensive sexual health education to youth and young adults. Plus, they love antiquing on the weekends.
Alice is the master of ensuring everyone’s work at Youth MOVE National actually gets done—and in an organized fashion. A native of France, she moved to Iowa to study food and agriculture and later led a gardening program at a women’s prison. But it was a Mental Health First Aid training that got her interested in systems-change advocacy. If Alice’s “away” status is turned on the office instant messenger, it probably means she went for a run. The one thing Alice needs to do in the morning is spend time with her dogs. When Alice isn’t running the office, she’s an indoor cycling instructor.
Madeline has a huge passion for Pearl Jam, eggs benedict, and youth advocacy. As survivor of an attempted suicide at a young age, she got her start in youth advocacy attending Indiana Youth Group, an LGBTQ+ drop-in center. This sparked her passion to destigmatize LGBTQ issues and educate on its intersectionality with mental wellness. Prior to Youth MOVE National she was the state coordinator for Youth MOVE Indiana and served as a representative on the IN-Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council, the State LGBTQ+ board, the Commission on Improving the Status of Children, and the Vice-Chair of the Indiana Systems of Care Youth and Family Subcommittee. She holds the record of sharing the most memes in our office instant messenger. Madeline considers dancing onstage with Snoop Dogg to be her greatest achievement to date. She also loves spending time with her two god babies, one of which is named Madeline! Follow her on Snapchat: @MadelineYMN.