Youth Leadership

For youth who want to use their abilities to speak out for themselves and others, there are many leadership opportunities available.

Introduction to Leading

So you want to be a leader? That’s great! But what exactly is leadership? There are many definitions of leadership, and many different ways that youth can be leaders. A very simple definition of leadership might be: “The ability to use your skills and knowledge to change the way other people think or act.”

Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)

A national initiative intended to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth to succeed in life.

Youth in Action! – Serving on Decision-Making Boards

If you’re a young person who is active in your community, in an organization, or for a particular cause, you may have been asked to serve on a board. A board is a group of people who give advice, share expertise, and provide leadership to direct organizations in what they should and should not do. Boards can be connected to companies, nonprofit organizations, schools, community organizations, or government agencies.

Youth Advocate Leadership Academy

Youth Advocate Leadership Academy The Youth MOVE Peer Center is pleased to offer the Youth Advocate Leadership Academy (YALA) for youth and young adults seeking to build their own leadership skills to create positive change in the mental health field and world around them. This FREE opportunity includes access to Youth MOVE’s leadership curriculum in four online training sessions, self-paced learning, and peer group consults. This opportunity is open to youth and young adults ages 14 – 29, passionate about mental health, who identify as having lived experience in a youth serving system. Youth who may be interested in working as a youth peer provider in the future, or who are currently serving as a youth peer, would be a great fit for this training opportunity. Objectives ● Identify individual capacity to lead and develop personal leadership style ● Build understanding of how personal values, culture, and experiences shape our approach to leadership ● Identify individual strengths and grow adaptive leadership skills ● Connect the value of lived experience to leadership Benefits of Participation ● Learn principles of adaptive leadership and practice application in your work ● Access individualized coaching and resources to enhance leadership skills ● Meet and engage with a diverse peer-learning cohort ● Certificate of completion provided to build resume strength and support professional development goals at work or school

Commitment Requirements ● Participate in pre-work including the Gallup Strengths Finder 2.0 Assessment ● Participate in 4 virtual learning sessions (on Zoom with webcam & audio connection) ● Complete brief thought work between each virtual session ● Complete training session evaluations YALA Training Schedule If you are interested in joining a FREE YALA training, please complete the Interest Form below. The Interest Form will ask about your availability to attend the above training options. A waitlist will be developed should the trainings fill and YMN will notify of future training sessions as they are scheduled. For more information, or to participate in the Youth Advocate Leadership Academy, please complete the participant information form or send an email to

We are currently looking for facilitators for Ending the Silence. If you are interested, and especially if you are between the ages of 18 – 35, and in recovery, please contact SW WA NAMI