Youth Guided Care

Tools, Trainings & How-To's

Youth Guided Care Means: young people have the right to be empowered, educated, and given a decision making role in the care of their own lives as well as the policies and procedures governing care for all youth in the community, state and nation. This includes giving young people a sustainable voice and then listening to that voice. Youth guided organizations create safe environments that enable young people to gain self sustainability in accordance with the cultures and beliefs with which they identify. Further, a youth guided approach recognizes that there is a continuum of power that should be shared with young people based on their understanding and maturity in a strength based change process. Youth guided organizations recognize that this process should be fun and worthwhile.

This definition was developed by Youth M.O.V.E. National, in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2011)

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Resources

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
About the
YouthMOVE Program
Foster Care College
Tuition Waiver Explained
for West  Virginia Youth
"Things People Never Told Me"
A guidebook to living on your own
after foster care.
YouthMOVE
West Virginia
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"It's My Move"
Resources for
Transitioning to Independence
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Building Bridges Initiative
Resources
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Youth Guide to
Treatment Planning

(Grealish & Cheniven, SAMHSA)
About the West Virginia
Foster Advocacy Movement
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For Service Providers
INCLUDING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, CHILD WELFARE, EDUCATION, JUVENILE JUSTICE, MEDICAL AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS/ORGANIZATIONS WHO SERVE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
A Self Assessment Quiz: 
Is Your Organization Supporting
Meaningful Youth Involvement?
(Portland State University)
Measurement Tools:
Youth Efficacy/Empowerment Scale Mental Health & Youth Participation in Planning Scale
(Portland State University)
8 Things young People Can't
Stand During Meetings

(Portland State University)
Best Practices
for Increasing Meaningful Youth Participation  in Collaborative Team Planning
(Portland State University)
M.O.D.I.F.Y
Mentoring with Oversight for  Developing Independence with Foster Youth
(WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities)
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Pathways to Positive Futures
 (Research & Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University) 
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For State & Community Leaders
INCLUDING AGENCY DIRECTORS, STATE EXECUTIVES, LEGISLATORS, COURTS, FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORKS, FAITH-BASED LEADERS AND OTHERS
Research Brief:
Young Adults Value Participation, Meaningful Employment, & Unconditional Caring
(Portland State University)
Youth-Adult Partnerships:
A Training Manual

(National 4H Council,
Youth Leadership Institute, et.al)
Youth Involvement in 
Systems of Care:
A Guide to Empowerment
Sustaining Youth
Engagement Initiatives
Science Courses