Welcome to Youth Move North Carolina
Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (M.O.V.E.) is an young-adult led advocacy organization. Youth MOVE is a diverse collective of young adults who empower themselves to advocate for their rights and rights of other youth at the local, state and national level. We raise awareness of youth struggles across all systems and work to reduce the stigma attached to mental health. We are devoted to improving services and systems that support young people.
We are the North Carolina chapter of Youth M.O.V.E. National. We strive to offer an avenue where young people can embrace their experiences and share a distinct voice with their communities. We are dedicated to supporting and empowering youth through peer support and self-advocacy. We envision a system where the youth voice is represented and heard, and used to change inequalities relating to youth involvement throughout all system levels. We work towards a day where youth are actively involved in the decisions affecting them and not afraid to speak out and share their personal struggles.
Youth MOVE North Carolina is supported by NC FAMILIES UNITED and their staff. Please visit their website for more information by clicking HERE.
Youth MOVE North Carolina has two types of chapters. Firstly, there is the Statewide Chapter, housed under North Carolina Families United. The Statewide Chapter consists of youth who advocate at the state and National level for the needs of youth in North Carolina. This included providing trainings, speaking at conferences, meeting with state representatives, and participating in stakeholder meetings across the state.
We meet in person, as well as virtually, every month, generally on Saturdays. Anyone is free to come. We provide food, and have a great time. PLEASE RSVP with Kyle Reece at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
The 2021 Youth MOVE Statewide Meeting Schedule is as follows:
January 16th 2021, 1-3pm
February 20th 2021, 1-3pm
March 20th 2021, 1-3pm
April 17th 2021, 1-3pm
May 15th 2021, 1-3pm
June 19th 2021, 1-3pm
July 17th 2021, 1-3pm
August 21 2021, 1-3pm
September 18th 2021, 1-3pm
October 16th 2021, 1-3pm
November 20th 2021, 1-3pm
December 18th 2021, 1-3pm
Local Chapters are Youth Led and require an adult supporter. While the Youth Move North Carolina Staff are here to support these Local Chapters, they are to be led and run by local youth and adult supporters. Although Local Chapters are affiliated with Youth Move National and must follow their guidelines in order to maintain status as an official Youth MOVE Chapter, Youth M.O.V.E North Carolina has no other requirements. Local Chapters are in essence their own chapter, and while Youth MOVE North Carolina is always here to provide technical support and assistance, Local Chapters are represented by local individuals. We currently have chapters in Alamance, Craven, Durham, Gaston/Lincoln, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Person, Rowan, and Surry/Yadkin Counties. For more information on our local chapters, click HERE. If you would like more information on how to start a chapter, please contact us.
Every year, North Carolina Families United hosts a Leadership series geared to youth/young adults ages 14-24 who have struggled with mental health, substance issues including trauma-based experiences, or other adversities .
The leadership series unites the voices of traditional and non-traditional leaders with lived experiences in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
There is no experience or qualifications needed; only that you are interested in becoming a leader, are dependable, and are willing to attend required meetings. Some topics and activities include: A Ropes Challenge, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, Advocacy for Self and Others, Positive Relationships, Cultural Diversity, How to Use Resources and Job Skills. Participants also receive training on How to Choose a Provider and W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), which teaches participants recovery and self-management skills, as well as strategies for dealing with mental health within the context of work, school, and their everyday lives. In 2003, The University of North Carolina in Charlotte, Institute on Self Advocacy recognized the Mental Health Youth Leadership Series as a 2003 National Exemplar model for supporting young adults to effect change in systems.
For more info on our Leadership Series, click HERE