Youth MOVE 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 MOVE 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.

 

2017 RockStar Awards have been announced!

Find out about the winners below. 

 

Find the Official Rules here

Watch the 2017 RockStar Informational Webinar recording: we go over what the RockStar Awards are, review the categories, describe how to submit a successful nomination, and delve into the eligibility requirements for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity which comes with a $3,000 cash prize.

 

2016 RockStar Awards recipients are featured below. 

 

Criteria

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

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity Nomination Form

Youth MOVE National is pleased to offer the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth MOVE 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 MOVE 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 MOVE 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 MOVE 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 MOVE National Chapter of the Year:

1. Outstanding and continued performance as a nationally recognized chapter of Youth MOVE 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.

 

2017 Award Recipients

Previous Years' Award Recipients here

 

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity 

Jacob Griffin (Youth MOVE Indiana) (2017)

Jacob-smallJacob works with his local Youth MOVE Indiana chapter, serves on the Indiana Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and during his time at Ball State University has coordinated an Active Minds chapter.
For the past two years, Jacob has focused his efforts on increasing supports for college students in need of counseling and psychological services on campuses by increasing awareness of these issues with university trustees, student affairs administrators, politicians, and campus communities. He formed a task force, and later an independent 501(c)3, dedicated on integrating research and current college trends with best practices. This resulted in increased student success despite adversity.
According to his peers, Jacob has served as an inspiration for anyone with whom he engages and is an exemplary role model for youth advocates.

 

   

  • Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year:

Jack Storti (Emerging Leaders Advisory Council) (2017)

Jack is one of the founding members of Youth MOVE Colorado and served on Colorado’s System of Care Steering Committee.
These days, Jack serves as the Chair for the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council in Colorado, a youth council that guides and informs the work of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council (JJDP). The Emerging Leaders Council has guided the JJDP in LGBTQ inclusiveness through toolkits and trainings. They’ve designed youth programs and guide the full membership of the JJDP. Their work has been presented at state-level conferences and has increased the awareness of the juvenile justice system, and the mental health and child welfare systems.
Jack also shares his story and advocates as a trans man who was transitioning during his time in the justice system.

 

  • Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year:

Joshua Sprunger (Youth MOVE Indiana) (2017)

Joshua Sprunger served as the facilitator of Indiana’s System of Care Governance Board and worked to develop the first Indiana System of Care Youth and Family Subcommittee.
According to Indiana youth, Joshua possesses a unique ability to engage and empower youth and family advocates in a bureaucratic setting. He’s acted as a mentor for youth and families looking to create systems change. He was the driving force for authentic youth voice and having youth be equal partners in developing policy and programming in the Indiana system of care.

 

  • Organization of the Year:

Nashville Launchpad, Inc (2017)

On any given night in Nashville, more than 300 youth are without permanent housing. Approximately 40% of these 300 youth identify as LGBTQ, placing them at greater physical and emotional risk than their straight and cisgender peers. In 2014, the LGBTQ and ally community of Nashville collaborated to create Launchpad, an initiative dedicated to providing safe sleeping shelters for youth in Nashville.
Since opening its doors three years ago, Nashville Launchpad as been able to increase the number of guests served from 11 to 17 per night; increased the number of beds filled from 700 in year one to over 1,100 in year three; and increased the number of nights it’s open from two nights a week to three.
Since its launch, it has become an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit and has grown partnerships with local youth organizations like the Oasis Center and the Boys and Girls Club in Nashville.
They’ve also revamped their training models and saw repeat volunteers increase twenty points.

 

  • Youth MOVE National Chapter of the Year:

Youth MOVE Idaho (2017)

YM-Idaho-small
Youth MOVE Idaho serves youth in more than half the state, providing both a safe space for young people to convene and offer support as well as providing workshops and leadership trainings on how to share stories of lived experience. Youth MOVE Idaho members regularly develop and execute social events for their communities and have led the way in developing Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day events, including statewide promotion strategies.
Members of Youth MOVE Idaho have presented at numerous conferences and virtual webinars that are live-streamed and broadcasted on public access television across the state. The youth learned to operate the cameras and other technological equipment and produce these shows all on their own.
Last year, they were awarded a Dare to Dream America grant and with it they crafted clay "buddies" to represent different mental illnesses to show the vulnerability felt by an individual. "Buddies" were created for depression, anxiety, and ADHD, and were depicted on t-shirts. Project participants held groups with elementary-aged students to talk about emotions, mental wellness, and reaching out for support.

 

 

  • Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year:

Will Voss (Tennessee) (2017)

Will-Voss-smallWill Voss is the Healthy Transitions Program Manager for Tennessee.
According to his peers, Will travels across the state to engage with youth face-to-face and to ensure agencies are building capacity for authentic youth engagement. He supports Healthy Transitions staff in becoming more youth-driven through workshops and trainings. And he organizes statewide Young Adult Leadership Council meetings.
He developed a two-day Leadership Academy, completely free to anyone who wanted to attend, and in observance of Awareness Day, he organized and executed a block party and community resource fair—which of course included fun activities like arts and crafts and face painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Years' Award Recipients here

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