California Youth Empowerment Network
The Mental Health Association in California has created a project called The Transition Age Youth Empowerment Project. The mission is to empower and inspire youth who are a part of the Transitional Age Youth community to create positive change in the mental health system.
There are a plethora of transitional age youth programs in California. Almost all of the programs are run by adults and mainly focus on areas other than mental health. After receiving many surveys back from youth organizations, only one or two dabble in the area of mental health. This project will specifically focus on transitional age youth with mental health needs. The program will be youth driven and youth run.
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Please visit our website, www.ca-yen.org, for more information and details about this exciting new project.
Our mission is to empower and inspire youth who are a part of the Transitional Age Youth community to create positive change in the mental health system.
We envision a community in which culturally diverse youth in need of mental health services are given helpful resources by peers so that they can learn to lead productive lives and advocate for themselves and other youth.
We believe that youth’s individual needs, cultural, spiritual beliefs and traditions should be accommodated in their mental health services. We believe all youth have valuable ideas and invite youth to bring them into the creative production of our project. We model cultural competence at all levels of our project. We believe youth should have opportunities to develop emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually in culturally appropriate environments.
We believe in the power of youth. We believe in peers helping other peers. We believe every young person has the capacity to become a leader.
We believe that every youth deserve opportunities to learn and grow. We believe every youth should have the opportunity to learn about themselves, to acquire new skills, and to advocate for their needs and those of their peers. We know that in order to grow we need support from youth that have already been through tough times. In order to create programs for youth we need to have the youth to create them. No one knows what the youth needs more than the youth receiving the services. Our vision is to have transitional age youth create the services they crave.
We believe that to better the mental health system, youth need to recognize and understand the system that already exists. We inspire youth to be excited about working together to commit to social change and to transform the programs for transitional age community in order to better ourselves and the youth that come next.