Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville

Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville is a part of a national movement to give youth equal representation and voice in the systems which impact them. Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville is a subsidiary of Youth M.O.V.E. National. In the Jacksonville area, Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville is affiliated with the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. For more information on both of these organizations and what they do in Jacksonville please visit and


Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.


We the members of Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Jacksonville envision systems in which every young person that enters a youth serving system is being prepared for life through genuine opportunities and authentic youth involvement throughout all systems levels. We help guide the redevelopment of the systems so that no youth falls through the cracks. We advocate for youth to utilize their power and expertise to foster change in their communities and in their own lives.

Youth M.O.V.E. Jacksonville, a subsidiary of Youth M.O.V.E. National, works toward the day when all people will recognize and accept the culture of youth, their families, and the communities that serve them in order to be truly culturally-competent. Youth M.O.V.E. National looks forward to the day when youth are no longer treated as numbers, problems or caseloads, but as individuals and humans. We will all stand as partners: youth, youth advocates, supporters, parents, and professionals to see our youth become successful.



How We Do It

-Creating youth movement principles and policies

-Developing training tools, guides and other documents

-Uniting the voices and causes of youth.

-Acting as consultants to youth, providers families and other adults

-Providing local youth leadership opportunities representing youth served by mental health and other youth-serving systems

-Coaching & teaching others in Jacksonville on authentic youth involvement