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The National Directory of
Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations
for Children’s Behavioral Health

Youth M.O.V.E. Alaska

Mailing Address:
740 Communications Ave
Anchorage, AK 99503

Phone: 907-770-4979
Fax: 907-770-4997

Contact Person: Angel Gonzales, Crystal Parrilla, Rusty Best


Web Site: http://ayfn.org

Population Served:
Child Welfare,Juvenile Justice,Other

Population Other:
'Youth M.O.V.E. Alaska serves youth ages 14-25, who have experience in the mental health, juvenile justice, education and foster care systems.

We, the members of Youth M.O.V.E. AK, will work as a diverse collective to unite voices and causes of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. We will advocate for youth rights and voice in mental health and the other systems that serve them, for the purpose of empowering youth to be equal partners in the process of change.

Youth M.O.V.E. Alaska is a youth led organization that encourages youth to use their voice and share their experiences, in order to improve various youth systems. We are, Change Agents, who believe that youth voices do make a difference and can make ample, positive changes in our community, state, nation, and even the world. YMAK supports one another and holds each other up to a high standard, because we are the future.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Provide technical assistance (e.g., to other family or youth organizations, child serving agencies)
• Recruit family members or youth for positions within child serving agencies
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Provide advocacy
• Conduct research
• Conduct social marketing

Organization type:
• A national youth-guided organization
• A statewide youth-guided organization
• A local youth-guided chapter of a national or statewide organization
• A family-run or youth-guided organization with a current or past affiliation with a System of Care Community of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (i.e., CMHS System of Care grant site)
• A statewide youth-guided chapter of a national organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide
• Local
• Regional
• National
• US Territories

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