ADVOCACY


Active Minds www.activeminds.org
Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  They are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.


NYSED YOUTH ADVISORY PANEL www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/youthpanel/home.html
The Youth Advisory Panel was established to advise the P-12: Office of Special Education on proposed policies related to the education of students with disabilities.  Panel members engage in facilitated discussions with NYSED staff on policy issues relating to the education of students with disabilities.


United Advocates for Children and Families (Transition Age Youth)
www.uacf4hope.org/transition-age-youth-tay
Like most young people, TAY/YA are struggling to start out with limited resources and experience and are or can be struggling with issues such as substance abuse disorders, homelessness, aging out of the children’s mental health, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems, or experiencing their first episode of major mental illness.


YOUTH POWER! www.youthpowerny.org
YOUTH POWER! is the New York State network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change. Together, we have decided to speak up about our experiences because no one knows what it is like for us better than we do. Through peer-to-peer mentoring, we empower young people to be active citizens, aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policies, practices, regulation and law. We are young people helping other people, ensuring availability of self-help and peer support while changing systems so that young people get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve.


RESOURCES


ACT for Youth Center of Excellence nysyouth.net
We are young people from all over New York State who are working to improve the health and wellness of ourselves and the communities we live in!


Obtaining and Maintaining Successful Employment: A Young Adult Perspective (PA’s Secondary Transition Guidetransition-guide-admin.s3.amazonaws.com/files/2013/07/25/Session%20404%20-%20Successful%20Employment.pdf


Transition Age Youth Resources
www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/consumer_affairs/transition_youth/resources/
The development of the Transition Age Youth Website was a collaborative project between The New York State Office of Mental Health and YOUTH POWER! The contributors researched and identified a range of topic areas, resource and reference materials best suited for the Transition Age Youth population.