Youth M.O.V.E Indiana

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The Basics
Youth MOVE is a youth-led organization devoted to improving services and systems surrounding mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. Through encouragement, empow-erment, and advocacy, Youth MOVE fosters positive growth and development for individuals coping with mental conditions—both moderate and severe.

What started as a small advisory board in 2012 has since grown into a multi-chapter organiza-tion, steadfast on uniting the voices of youth while raising awareness for the issues they may face.

Youth MOVE Indiana
As the state chapter, Youth MOVE Indiana (YMIN) works to help children, teens, and adoles-cents across the state navigate through the difficulties of living with mental and behavioral is-sues. YMIN’s mission is to inspire and unite youth to bring real change to the state’s legislature—furthering acceptance, tolerance, and understanding of mental health.

Our goal is to encourage youth to be strong, fearless, and outspoken—building accepting atmos-pheres within our communities. YMIN works to motivate Indiana’s youth to be part of changing the negative connotations that surround mental health, creating a new generation that not only speaks on behalf of the equality and well-treatment of those with mental disorders, but takes ac-tion.

How We Do It
Through events, meetings, and open dialogue, YMIN encourages youth and their families across the state to stand up to stigma and societal misconceptions. By building communities of support we are creating safe environments for those who need them.

Our efforts ensure youth and their families are properly and justly represented within Indiana’s System of Care. One important program that works toward this goal is the Youth and Family Subcommittee, a series of monthly meetings providing leadership, guidance, technical assis-tance, policy, and change at the state level to make certain a local system of care is available for every child, youth, and young adult and that these services have youth and families best inter-ests at heart.

Who We Are
We’re neighbors, brothers, sisters, and friends— but most importantly, we’re advocates fighting to reduce the stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health. The need for champions is a se-rious subject in Indiana—the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) states that 71,000 chil-dren in our state live with serious mental health conditions, and that number is growing.
Our areas of advocacy include:

  • Mental Health
  • Addiction Recovery
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) issues
  • Suicide prevention
  • Juvenile justice

 

Where We Are
Our statewide chapters are located in the following counties. Please feel free to reach out to a YMI leader in your county, or any other.

  • Youth MOVE, Southeast Indiana—RD Riley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Youth MOVE, Henry County—Ethan Davis: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Youth MOVE, Fort Wayne—John-Paul Cooney: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Madeline Miller: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Youth MOVE, The Tribe (Grant County)— Shelby Haisley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get Involved
YMIN is a growing force of strength for many throughout Indiana. If you would like to bring a chapter to your community, please contact YMIN Coordinator, Madeline Zielinski at:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 317-638-3501 x1245

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