- Youth with disabilities -- Services for,
- Young adults with disabilities -- Services for,
- Community-based social services -- United States,
- Foster children -- United States -- Attitudes,
- Social work with youth
The following report outlines the planning process, the agenda, and the outcomes of the 2009 Portland National Youth Summit. The purpose of the Youth Summit was to invite systems-experienced youth (e.g., those who have been involved with the services such as mental health, child welfare, and/or juvenile justice systems) together to create a “Call to Action” that outlines positive solutions to improve the mental health services they receive. This Summit took place in conjunction with the Research and Training Center’s (RTC) Building on Family Strengths Conference, Monday, June 22, 2009. A Youth Summit Advisory Board comprised of four young members partnered with a Youth Summit Coordinator, RTC staff and support allies to identify the goals of the event, create an application for participation, recruit applicants, create an event agenda, and facilitate activities during the event.
Thirty youth and young adults, ages 16-25, were invited to attend the Summit and contribute based on their activities as leaders and advocates within their own communities, and on their experiences with mental health services, foster care, homelessness, residential treatment, hospitalization, and/or the juvenile justice system. During the Youth Summit these participants, led by the Summit Advisory Board, identified five priority areas of change within youth services. They presented these outcomes in a Call to Action Plan. (See section six of this report.)