Interested in Hosting a Chapter of YMA?
Youth MOVE Arkansas is looking for adult allies to host chapters of YMA. If you are energetic, believe that youth have a right to be educated, empowered and given a decision making role in their own lives as well as other youth across the state, please become our ally! Host a chapter!
YOUTH MOVE ARKANSAS MISSION
Youth M.O.V.E. Arkansas will work as a diverse team of young community leaders to create unity and unite the voices of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. We will advocate for youth rights and voice in Arkansas' youth-serving systems while building a foundation that will empower youth to become successful not only in treatment but also in life.
YOUTH MOVE ARKANSAS'S VISION
Youth MOVE Arkansas envisions a system of care that first and foremost empowers communities in any way, shape, form or fashion. We partner with youth, youth advocates, supporters, parents, and professionals to guide the redevelopment of Arkansas' youth-serving systems. We advocate for youth to utilize the power of their voice and life experiences to motivate and support others while fostering change in their communities and in their own lives.
We envision a future day when youth are not viewed as the problem or treated as just another case; but in a positive, encouraging, strength-based light. That day ALL youth that enter any youth-serving system in the Great State of Arkansas will be successfully prepared for life.
ARE YOU READY?
Chapters help Youth MOVE Arkansas move forward in its vision to help empower youth. For a chapter to do this, they must be committed to making positive changes in their own community. If you feel that your youth group can be a part of the effort, then complete the application. You have with it takes a Motivate Others through Voices of Experience.
EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH M.O.V.E. CHAPTERS
Activities to Raise Awareness
- Youth design posters for schools, libraries, youth centers, and community organizations and agencies. The posters can list myths and facts about mental illness, where to find help in the community, statistics, etc.
- Design bookmarks to distribute at every library in your community - including school library - with information about youth and mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, etc.
- Create a PSA for a local radio station or cable TV.
- Write press releases about Children's Mental Health Week for local newspapers and newsletters or other important mental health topics throughout the year.
- Provide a panel discussion with youth who have experienced the mental system educating providers, educators, general community, etc.
- Stigma Busting.
Activities to Reward and Improve Youth Involvement
- Stipends for youth serving on committees/boards.
- Youth Conference*
- Youth Celebration*
- Youth Summit*
Activities to Strengthen Community
- Marketing/education campaigns.
- Trips to state/federal capitals for policy work.
- Partnering with other groups to work together (i.e. juvenile justice or runaway/homeless, etc.)
*These projects should focus on areas outlined in Youth MOVE Arkansas's mission and vision, i.e. Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, etc.
YOUTH GUIDED DEFINITION AND LADDER OF YOUTH INVOLVEMENT
*Please refer to the following information as you complete the application questionnaire.
YOUTH GUIDED DEFINITION
Youth Guided means that young people have the right to be empowered, educated, and given a decision making role in the care of their own lives as well as the policies and procedures governing care for all youth in the community, state and nation. This includes giving young people a sustainable voice, being listened to, and the focus should be towards creating a sage environment enabling a young person to gain self sustainability in accordance to the cultures and beliefs they abide by. Further, through the eyes of a youth guided approach we are aware that there is a continuum of power that should be given to the young people based on their understanding and maturity in this strength based change process. Youth guided also means that this process should be fun and worthwhile.
ROGER HART'S LADDER OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S PARTICIPATION
This ladder was created to show the direction organization need to climb in order to achieve authentic youth involvement. Organization often find themselves in the bottom three rungs of this ladder until plans are implemented to bring youth into decision making roles in an environment that is safe.
9. Youth Initiated and Directed.
8. Youth Initiated, Shared Decisions with Adults.
7. Youth and Adult Initiated and Directed.
6. Adult Initiated, Shared Decisions with Youth.
5. Consulted and Informed.
4. Assigned and Informed.
You can petition to create a chapter by downloading the Chapter Application document and mailing it to us or filling out the Online Chapter Application Form.