Youth M.O.V.E. National: Making a Difference through Youth-Adult Partnerships

Lessons Learned

Through its work, Youth M.O.V.E. National has learned the value of working in partnership with others to make positive changes in the perception of youth in systems of care — from just being numbers or cases to being seen as individuals. The organization focuses on supporting young people in working together and with adults. National partner organizations include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the White House.

Youth M.O.V.E. National, along with two of their chapters, Youth M.O.V.E. Miami-Through the Arts and Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville, share lessons learned about making youth-adult partnerships work. Lessons learned come directly from youth and staff and discuss how partnerships with adults can create change.

  • Youth are more willing to work with adults who have been where they are now.
  • Services are more effective when youth are involved in designing them.
  • Address uncomfortable things directly: transparency helps build trust.
  • True youth-adult partnership means finding ways to bring youth and adult ideas to life together.
  • Youth and adults win when they realize they can learn from each other.
  • Bringing youth together in person makes a difference.

View the photo journal for lessons learned, as communicated by Youth M.O.V.E. National, Youth M.O.V.E. Miami-Through the Arts, and Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville.