Youth-Guided Care—Tools, Trainings & How-To’s

Youth toolkit artYouth Guided Care Means:  young people are empowered, educated and given a decision-making role in their own lives as well as in the policies and procedures governing care for all youth in their community and state. Read the National Youth MOVE Definition

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RESOURCES are FROM THE WEST VIRGINIA SYSTEM OF CARE, WV SERVICE DEVELOPMENT/DELIVERY TEAM, AND GRANT TOOLKITS FROM THE U.S.SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (samhsa)  (All documents are Adobe pdf unless otherwise noted):

FOR FAMILIES &  YOUTH

(including young people from their early teens to early twenties, and birth, relative/kinship, foster & adoptive families)

  1. YOUTH MOVE WEST VIRGINIA – Official Website Youth MOVE article
  2. National Bridges Initiative: Family & Youth Tips Sheets (English & Spanish language)
  3. West Virginia “It’s My Move” Website: Guidebooks, Links, etc. – A great resource for young people, updated often!
  4. Foster Care College Tuition Waiver Explained for West Virginia Youth
  5. Things People Never Told Me – A guidebook to living on your own, written by young adults who have navigated the transition from foster care to independence (Better Futures Project, Portland State University)
  6. Youth Guide to Treatment Planning (by M. Grealish & M. Cheniven, SAMHSA)
  7. About the WV Foster Advocacy Movement

FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

(INCLUDING Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, Education, Juvenile Justice, Medical and other INDIVIDUALS/organizations who serve children, youth and families)

  1. Mentoring with Oversight for Developing Independence with Foster Youth (MODIFY) from the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
  2. A Self Assessment Quiz: Is Your Organization Supporting Meaningful Youth Involvement? (by the Research & Training Center, Portland State University)
  3. Flyer: 8 Things Young People Can’t Stand During Meetings (by the Research & Training Center, Portland State University)
  4. Best Practices for Increasing Meaningful Youth Participation in Collaborative Team Planning (by the Research & Training Center, Portland State University)
  5. Measurement Tools: Youth Efficacy/Empowerment Scale Mental Health & Youth Participation in Planning Scale (Preview Version by the Research & Training Center, Portland State University)

VIDEO & WEBINARS:

FOR STATE & COMMUNITY LEADERS

(INCLUDING AGENCY DIRECTORS, STATE EXECUTIVES, LEGISLATORS, COURTS, FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORKS, FAITH-BASED LEADERS AND OTHERS)

  1. Research Brief: Young Adults Value Participation, Meaningful Employment, & Unconditional Caring (Portland State University)
  2. Youth Involvement in Systems of Care: A Guide to Empowerment (Technical Assistance Partnership)
  3. Sustaining Youth Engagement Initiatives (from The Finance Project)
  4. Youth-Adult Partnerships: A Training Manual (from the National 4-H Council, Youth Leadership Institute, et. al.) – advance training activities for people in the field of youth and community work