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Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon

Mailing Address:
72A Centennial Loop, Suite #150
Eugene, OR 97401

Phone: 541-255-6864
Fax: 541-349-9226

Contact Person: Martin Rafferty

Email:

Web Site: http://www.youthmoveoregon.org

Population Served:
Child Welfare,Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Mental Illness/Mental Health,Transition-aged Youth

Mission:
Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon will work as a diverse collective to unite the voices and causes of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. We will work on allowing youth voice to be heard by coordinating young leaders from across the state to sit on advisory committees and boards. We will also coordinate young adults to directly give back by serving their community.

Description:
Youth M.O.V.E Oregon is a youth led state-wide organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems. The Three Commitments that youth make upon joining Youth MOVE Oregon are: 1. Be working towards high school or alternative school graduation –or- a GED. For youth who have already completed high school, this can mean a commitment to lifelong learning in the form of post-secondary education, internships, apprenticeships or volunteer work, etc. 2. Obey the law*. This includes not using drugs (illegal drugs, alcohol, cigarettes). If you are currently using any drugs or alcohol, we will work with you to help you quit. For youth of legal age this also means not using any illegal drugs in your recreational time, while using the Youth MOVE Center, or while working with OFSN/Youth MOVE Oregon: Lane County Chapter. *The following situations are not in violation of the “obey the law” commitment: -Undocumented immigrant status -Homeless and camping or sleeping on the streets (for example, abandoned buildings, parks, or construction sites) -Civil disobedience in political action 3. Identify and follow your Life Assignment. (A life assignment is a long term or short term goal you set for yourself. It can be about your career, personal growth, culture, world change, etc.) Meet weekly with a site supervisor to review progress on Life Assignments. We ask that youth follow these three commitments because we believe that in order for youth to have a chance at being successful in life, they need to stay out of the Juvenile Justice System. This does not mean that OFSN/Youth MOVE Oregon: Lane County Chapter necessarily believes that all laws in place are just and correct. All staff, volunteers, and interns also follow the Three Commitments, and in this way they model law abiding behavior to the youth. We recognize that youth are often oppressed by adults expecting them to do things “because I said so.” Demonstrating to the youth that we won't ask them to do anything we ourselves wouldn't do, helps break down barriers between youth and adults and reinforce that, regardless of age, we are on a more equal level. OFSN/Youth MOVE Oregon: Lane County Chapter is working from a place of empowerment and firmly believes that youth have as much ability to think, succeed, and make healthy choices as adults.

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 contracted direct services (e.g., respite, care management)
• 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)
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A statewide youth-guided organization
• A statewide youth-guided chapter of a national organization

Region(s) served:
• Statewide
• Local
• Regional

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