This November marked the 26th Annual National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference. Taking place November 20-22 in Washington, D.C., representatives from Wayne County’s Youth United attended to learn about the latest trends and techniques in System of Care work across the nation. Youth gained knowledge about topics ranging from policy, employment, multimedia production, programs for Native American families, social media, and leadership. These workshops directly impact the work of Youth United’s Northwest Region (stigma and social media), East Region (training and leadership), and Central Region (advocacy).
A portion of the conference was reserved for the Youth M.O.V.E. National’s RockStar Awards, honoring individuals making a difference in children’s services. Youth United member Brittany Horton, Regional Youth Specialist for the East Region, received a nomination for Advocate for Youth for the Year, and members Trinilda Dearing, System of Care Manager, and Jasmine Boatwright, Youth Involvement Coordinator, received nominations for Professional of the Year. Ms. Boatwright was awarded the recipient for the Professional of the Year award. Working within Wayne County’s System of Care for 10 years, she began as a Youth Advocate and continued in this position for the next 7 years, until she advanced to her current Youth Involvement Coordinator position. Presently, she oversees all Youth Involvement aspects of Youth United, the newly formed Youth M.O.V.E. Detroit, and was selected to lead the Youth M.O.V.E. Michigan Chapter. Her dedication to ensuring youth have ample opportunities to succeed and ensuring access to services has earned her recognition at the national level for her personal devotion to this work.