Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Other through Voices of Experience) is a state-wide, youth led organization devoted to helping young people ages 14-25 across Oregon successfully transition into adulthood.
We work to empower and assist youth to navigate and improve systems that affect them, including (but not limited to):
• Juvenile Justice
• Child Welfare
• Foster Care
We provide young adults with Drop-In Centers, youth support groups, support on wraparound teams, and various trainings. Through these services, we encourage youth voice to be heard at the local, state, and national level and for youth to directly give back to their community.
We currently have three Drop-In Centers, located in Clackamas County (Milwaukie, OR), Jackson County (Medford, OR), and Lane County (Eugene, OR). The Drop-In Centers are made to give young people a place where they can belong while accessing services. At our drop in centers young people can access:
Drop in one-one peer support
Peer support groups
Youth-led workshops and trainings
Community based assistance with accessing resources within the community
By uniting a diverse collective of young people, we will work to empower youth to become leaders in their community, improve the system, and achieve their dreams.
The Youth Movement began some years ago when Youth Coordinators and young individuals across the country began advocating for their own involvement at the national level. In 2003, the National Youth Development Board was established with the support of many diverse people from care communities across the United States. The National Youth Development Board existed in an advisory capacity in its early years until 2007, when the members of the Board approached the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health with the promising idea and plan to become affiliated with the organization during the growth process.