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Friday, January 28, 2011

Youth MOVE Illinois was officially accepted as a State-wide Chapter, December 2010

Youth MOVE Illinois was officially accepted as a State-wide Chapter, December 2010.

We are seeking young people and communites supporting young people dealing with mental health challenges who are interested in collaboartion and partnerships.

Events coming up are:
Restoring Hope After Trauma
Youth-led conference
March 12th, 2011
Chicago, IL

*Youth MOVE-Illinois Planning/Leadership ConferenceChampaign, IL
**weekend April 1st, 2010 to be determined

May is Mental Health Month
May 3rd, 2011-Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

System of Care summer conference
Chicago, IL
July 19th-21st, 2011

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 10th, 2010

Conference Call-- 6-7 pm

passcode 8800269#

Some conference call Do's:

*DO introduce yourself and the community you live/have experience in
*DO begin speaking with your name--we can't see who you are, and when you speak
*DO mute your phone when you are not speaking, every noise can be heard in the background
*DO add your thoughts when you have something to say
*DO be aware that we only have an hour--so be aware that others might want to contribute
*DO listen to what others have to say--youth from around the State may have different expereinces than your own, but you can help in understanding the needs
*DO ask questions if you don't understand something!

Youth MOVE call notes Jan 2010!

1-13-10 Conference Call notes

Elizabeth and McHenry County Youth Council -Crystal Lake, IL
Youth Move: all over the country providing support to young people all over IL. There are limited organizations to help youth with mental health challenges. There can be resources and solutions to different issues that can be shared through youth move. Young people are able to communicate and share stories and resources. ALL the communities are working together.
There is an application on the blog with a series of questions that each community can answer. The community applications can be combined to make a state wide application.
Email answers to the questions by February 10, 2010.
Any young people that want to be apart of this can be. They can go to the blog/FB page and get involved. Invite as many young people as you would like.
2 upcoming conferences: Northern IL-April 24, 2010 Champaign- date unknown
April 24- young people putting on session for other young people. It is a family conference with a “youth move” chapter beginning. Different types of sessions will be held.
Next conference call will be on February 10, 2010.

Raphaelle Richardson-Chicago, Illinois
RE-CAP of Dec call: There were 28 youth from Chicago, St Clair, McHenry County, and Champaign were all represented the last time. Some barriers youth face-bullying, violence, peer pressure, living environment, not enough recreational things, not enough support groups, prejudice against other ethnicity, body types and sexuality, lack of jobs. Good idea to get more youth involved…
The goal of Youth Move: It is a lot easier in the fight if others are fighting with you.
Raphael, with young-people will be making the FB page and the link will be on the blog.

MG-St. Clair, Southern
-good high school with good teachers but there are drug problems in the school. There is some occasional bullying that M doesn’t witness.
-Q: Do you know what Youth Move is?-the youth’s part of stepping up in the community.
-Possible topic for workshop in conference-----“Before I had my twins, I didn’t know a whole lot about sexual education other than what I learned in school. What I did learn in school wasn’t as helpful as it would seem to be. I think all teens need to learn about this.” Young people giving this session would be more effective.

V with peer ambassadors + 11 youth-Champaign, IL
For communication: Facebook has events and this can be used. Create a Facebook group and people can join it. Put the Facebook link on the blog and keep the blog.
Another peer ambassador: The males are trying to motivate other males to be apart of peer ambassadors.

T.-Peoria, Illinois
--TOPIC IDEA: Institutionalization, or group homes. – Maybe talk about how the school system is set up along with the group home. How to live easier in a group home. How to cope with the rules with a group home.

S.- Chicago, Illinois (west side)
L.- Chicago, IL
-sharing your “testimony” or “story” is important.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Youth M.O.V.E. call Feb 10th, 2010-agenda

Youth M.O.V.E. agenda---Feb 10th, 2010

Veonia Gross-Peer Ambassador, Champaign Co.-- Call Facilitator

1. Attendance: who are you, where are you from
2. Re-cap previous calls (EB)
3. Why are you on here/on this call?
4. Application--- YM chapter essays
5. Tips to getting youth involved---(agenda item with each community per month)
6. Feb 27th Light House presentation for former system of care (Youth MOVE digital short?? Is this possible)
7. Responsibility:
-Posting on web pages
-phone calls to remind people of monthly conference calls
-facilitating calls--youth leader
-Agenda for call/follow up

8. Community Partners--RR
9. Action Steps
10. Open discussion

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thanks to everyone who made the call 1.13.2010!

Thanks to everyone who made the call last night! I was inspired and motivated by your contributions. There are some glitches with this site--the calendar, the map--- we are working on those--- and will have notes up soon!


Youth MOVE chapter application-PDF

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Conference call notes 12/9/2009

33 Total Participants (5 Leads + 28 Youth)

Lighthouse Youth Center ( 9 Youth + 1 Lead)

St. Clair County ( 2 Leads )

McHenry County ( 9 youth + 1 Leads )

Champaign County ( 10 youth + 1 Lead )

Barriers young people are facing

- bullying (Derricka)

- violence (Derricka)

- peer pressure (Saneta/Simone)

- educational environments, interrupted learning process (Kimberly)

- living environment (Kimberly)

- rural not enough recreational, no support groups, no vocational programs (St.Clair)

- Discrimination- in schools, prejudice against ethnicity, mental disability, body type, sexuality (McHenry)

- Transportation

- Jobs

Thoughts on statewide youth group

- Good idea more youth (Kimberly)

- Good to help each other face the issues, gather ideas and work together to push it forward (Veonia)

- Peer ambassadors is funded to be peer supporters- in process to advocate for other youth at the table

- More jobs would decrease violence (Cartier)

- St. Claire County is super interested. Just need to know what is needed.

Next Steps

- Next meeting Jan 13th 6pm – 7pm

- Email mission statement to adult leads to edit and create mission statement

- Draft application completed in January