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Advocacy Opportunities

Becoming involved in making a difference

Parents and youth across Idaho have chosen to take their lived experience with youth mental health challenges and to participate in system change. Whether you desire to provide information at a local event, participate in workgroups related to the YES system of care, or tell your story to change laws, we want to walk alongside you and help give you the resources you need for your chosen advocacy work.

When and Where We Meet:

  1. Parent Input: On the 3rd Wednesday of the month we hold a parent input event over zoom. We invite parents to tell us about their experience with the YES system of care.
  2. Training: We offer training to parents on how to be a leader in the YES system of care and how tell your story in a way that honors your child and impacts those around you.
  3. Family Advocacy Meeting, or FAM, is an opportunity to join parents and advocates to join together to learn about the YES system of care and ways to become involved in system change. FAM meets the 4th Thursday of the month.
  4. Interagency Governance Team, or IGT, is responsible for collaboratively coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the YES system of care. This team consists of community members, providers, and representatives the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho State Department of Education, and the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. As a community member, parent input is highly valued. The IGT meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
  5. YES Workgroups: Parent voice is highly valued by those creating the YES system of care. FYIdaho supports parents who participate in YES implementation workgroups. Parent leader openings vary.

 

For more information contact mbatten@fyidaho.org or see our event calendar.

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  • The Boise Brick House: Holiday Craft Sale
    3:30 PM-6:30 PM
    December 13, 2022
    704 N 7th Street Boise, Idaho 83702

    With the holidays coming up, the struggle to pick out the perfect gift for your friends and family increases! The Boise Brick House is having a Holiday Gift Sale December 13th, after school; from 3:30-6:30pm. Bring friends, family, and teachers to come check out some student made goodies for yourself or others! Make sure to bring cash or have Venmo if you plan on purchasing anything.

  • Youth MOVE Discord
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    December 13, 2022

    Youth MOVE Discord (YM Discord) is a statewide virtual program for high schoolers throughout Idaho to provide peer emotional support to one another and practice mental health advocacy.  YM Discord is meant for high schoolers who live in rural areas, teens who prefer connecting virtually, or can’t attend our in person Youth MOVE groups for other reasons. Participants communicate throughout the week via the various chat channels on the serve and meet via voice channel once a week to discuss mental health topics, do check-ins, and play games. 

     

    To learn more, fill out our interest form here. 

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  • The Boise Brick House: Youth MOVE Downtown activity
    2:45 PM-5:30 PM
    December 14, 2022
    704 N 7th Street Boise, Idaho 83702

    Join Youth MOVE Downtown for delicious food, relaxing activities, and empowering conversations about mental wellness. Any teens in the Treasure Valley area are welcome!

  • Youth MOVE Downtown
    3:30 PM-4:30 PM
    December 14, 2022
    704 N 7th Street Boise, Idaho 83702

    Youth MOVE Downtown (YM Downtown) is an in-person group for high schoolers in the Treasure Valley area to practice mental health advocacy and provide peer emotional support to one another. Together we access mental wellness resources, play games to build community, and participate in activities that destigmatize mental health challenges.

     

    Come to our interest meeting to learn more about the group or fill out our interest form here. Food and drinks will be provided!

  • Youth MOVE Social Support
    5:00 PM-6:30 PM
    December 14, 2022
    704 N 7th Street Boise, Idaho 83702

    Youth MOVE Social Support is a peer-led by a trained teen leader with support and supervision from a Families and Youth of Idaho staff member. This wellness group is aimed towards high schoolers who identify as neurodivergent, as well as other teens who would benefit from the group. Teens will have opportunities to practice self advocacy, discuss mental health, and form positive social connections. Group meetings will involve lessons, discussions, and educational activities as well as recreation and games. We intend to form a tight-knit community of friends who can help each other through the transitions of adolescence and young adulthood.

    This group meets at the Boise Brick House which is located at the Idaho Federation of Families office at 704 N 7th Street Boise ID, 83702. Snacks and drinks will be provided and masks must be worn inside unless actively eating or drinking.

    If you are interested in the group, contact Madeline Titelbaum at mtitelbaum@idahofederation.org.

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  • Youth MOVE Discord
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM
    December 27, 2022

    Youth MOVE Discord (YM Discord) is a statewide virtual program for high schoolers throughout Idaho to provide peer emotional support to one another and practice mental health advocacy.  YM Discord is meant for high schoolers who live in rural areas, teens who prefer connecting virtually, or can’t attend our in person Youth MOVE groups for other reasons. Participants communicate throughout the week via the various chat channels on the serve and meet via voice channel once a week to discuss mental health topics, do check-ins, and play games. 

     

    To learn more, fill out our interest form here. 

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FYIdaho serves parents and caregivers of youth with mental health challenges through direct support and education.

Youth MOVE Idaho (YMI), a chapter of Youth MOVE National serves youth through programs that focus on peer to peer support and advocacy.