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Resources for Youth-Led Organizations

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Listed on this page are a collection of resources that youth, youth leaders, and youth allies can use in the work that they do, as well as iin their own lives. Each resource is grouped together in different categories. If you can't find what you're looking for, feel free to contact us.

General Resources

Youth Guided Definition

The Youth-Guided definition was developed by Youth M.O.V.E. National, in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It guides all the work that we do here at Youth M.O.V.E. National and you will often hear it referred often by us and in the field. It's a good idea to become familiar with this term as it will guide much of the work that you will be doing in your communities as well.

Youth Guided Definition

Strategic Sharing Workbook

This strategic sharing guide was developed by the National Federation of Families and Pathways 2 Positive Future RTC. It outlines different ways youth advocates can utilize their story and voice to elicit positive change in their communities, as well as the risks and benefits associated with sharing your story.

Strategic Sharing Workbook

Spanish Resources

Youth Guide to Medication - In Spanish

Additional Resources

Promoting Youth Engagement in Residential Settings: Suggestions from Youth with Lived Experience

This resource provides information and tips on promoting youth engagement in residential settings by using the suggestions of youth with lived experience.

Promoting Youth Engagement in Residential Settings: Suggestions from Youth with Lived Experience

Fact Sheets

Fact sheets are great if you are looking to do some advocacy in your community. Fact sheets often have great statistics on outcomes in the various youth serving systems that can start as a basis to a goal you are looking to acheive. Check out some of these fact sheets and let us know if you have one that we haven't seen yet!

Evaluating Whether or Not to Trust Mental Health Information on the Internet

This factsheet was developed by RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures.

What Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Search for Online

This factsheet was developed by RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures.


Youth Advocacy

This four part webinar series was developed in partnership with Georgetown University's National TA Center for Children's Mental Health.

Download Policy 101 (Part 1)

Download The Art of Public Speaking (Part 2) Due to a technical error, the sound doesn't start until around 17 mins. although all the relevant information is presented after this, so you're good to go.

Download Strategic Sharing (Part 3)

Download Community Engagement (Part 4)

Advocacy and Policy

Youth Focus

Youth Focus is a section from the National Federation of Families newsletter that is dedicated to providing you with tools and resources that can help you grow your advocacy and policy skills. Each issue focuses in on a differnet topic and are written by Eric Lulow, the Youth Involvement Associate.. We have made three of the issues available for you to either view on our website or download to your computer.

How to Write a Bill

How to Write a Letter/Email to Your Congressional Member

How to Do Public Speaking

Youth Voice in Policy

Youth Voice in Policy is a guide developed by the National Federation and Pathways RTC. In this guide you will learn the basic skills you need to advocate for the issues you feel are important. This guide was made specifically for youth who have received mental health services and who have experienced multiple child-serving systems. Sharing that experience is a key part of effective advocacy. But before you can go and tell the world what’s what, you need to understand how policy fits together.

Download Youth Voice in Policy



The IACP has launched it's new website on youth-focused policing.

The following website is a great resource for youth on different topics such as mental health, homelessness, youth-in-transition, juvenile justice, etc.  It was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP).

National Resource Center for Youth Development

This website provides resources for positive youth outcomes and important facts on different services and supports in each state, tribe, and territory.