Youth Leadership Training
North Carolina Families United hosts a Leadership series geared to youth/young adults ages 13-24 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.
In order to be a great leader, we must be able to work well as a team, as a collective and diverse group of Young Adult advocates! This training expands our comfort zones, teaches us to trust each other, and pushes us to work together! Often the kickoff of the series, this training is always a blast! Fun activities are to be expected, and it's a great way to launch the leadership series, and allows us to prepare for the trainings to come by teaching us the fundamentals of leadership- working together!
How To Tell Your Story
As both an advocate and a leader, being able to share your experiences effectively and communicate in a powerful and exact way is a fantastic skill to have in your Leadership toolbelt. By learning strategic storytelling techniques, understanding how to utilize your voice and your story in an effective way, and developing the techniques needed to become the master of your own story, this training prepares us to become fantastic advocates for Youth Voice!
Mental Health First Aid
One of the most important parts of being a leader is being able to understand your own comfort levels, and understanding that self care and tending to our own health is an absolute necessity. By learning coping skills, becoming self-conscious to our needs, and understanding exactly what being mentally healthy means, we become one step close to being both mentally healthy and a great leader!
Cultural Competency/ LGBTQ+ Awareness
Being a leader means you are competent, accepting, and supportive of your peers and those you work with. Bu understanding cultures, traditions, and the challenges your peers may face will help you become an empathetic, understanding, and supportive youth leader. These trainings are introductory to the terms, and are meant to gain understanding of culture and LGBTQ+ awareness.
Introduction to WRAP
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. A list of resources used to develop your WRAP includes things like: contacting friends and supporters, peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, journaling, affirming activities, exercise, diet, light, and getting a good night’s sleep
Peer to Peer Support
Being a leader means you are are able to support your fellow peers when they may need a friend, support, or are going through crisis. By utilizing our lived experiences as youth who may have gone through similar challenges, we can provide support to our peers when they need it most. This training engages youth and teaches them how to listen, and support their peers in times of need.
In order to become a great leader, youth must be able to show that they are able to handle conflicts and portray leadership when there conflicts. In this training, Young Adults learn about what type of communicators there are and how to address a conflict. They discuss different styles of addressing conflict, beliefs about conflict resolution, and how to apply lessons in current and future conflicts.