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YP! and OASAS Erie County Youth Forum
Long Island Regional Youth Forum
Foster Care and Mental Health Awareness Celebration
OMH Listening Tour Two Weeks Left
Now Accepting Applications to the 2013 Statewide Youth Leadership Forum

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YP! and OASAS Erie County Youth Forum

May 6, 2013

The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and YOUTH POWER! have teamed up to host a Youth Forum in Erie County for young people ages 15-25 with experience in recovery programs.


Three Youth Power activists rally for change

Speak-Up! Speak-Out!

Tell Us What Helps and

What Harms Your Recovery.

May 6, 2013


5:30pm Sign-in & Eat

6:00pm Start

End at 9:00pm

Buffalo Arts Studio, Tri-main Center

2495 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14214


Join us for an evening of

Activities and Discussion.

Express Yourself Through Artivism.


Every day in Albany, state employees make decisions about the prevention and addiction services young people receive.  We believe youth input is needed so that these decisions are not off the mark.  Help us build opportunities for young people to be heard.  Help us improve community supports and opportunities for young people.


This event is free but you must register.


Complete the registration form and send it to


Don't Miss the Free Food, Art and Opportunity.


Download the event Flyer here.



Long Island Youth Forum

May 9, 2013

YOUTH POWER! will be kicking off it's Regional Youth Forums beginning in May. This year our regional teams are planning new activites and fun ways of collecting youth stories.  We invite young people to share a personal story to boost the advocacy efforts behind the 2013 - 2015 Priority Agenda. 
Long Island Regional Youth Forum
May 9, 2013: 5:30 - 9:00
Theme: Creative Advocacy Sampler

Join the Long Island Regional Youth Forum for young people who have been in out-of-home placements such as (foster care, hospitals, community residences, residential treatment centers and others). This event is free and dinner will be served. Attendees must register with Desiree Moore before the event.




141 Garden Street, Westbury


For more information and to register contact:

Desiree Moore, Long Island Regional Youth Partner

Foster Care and Mental Health Awareness Celebration May 22, 2013

FCMH May 13 Celebration

YOUTH POWER! and Families Together in New York State presents: "Our Time is Now: Celebrating Foster Care and Children's Mental Health Awareness by Fostering Growth and Acknowledging Achievements.


The celebration will be held May 22, 2013 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the University of Albany's Alumni House - 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY. 


Join us for an evening of hope, partnership and entertainment


Follow this link to register 


For more information, contact Carrie Holmes, Hudson River Regional Youth Partner at or (518) 322-2096.

OMH Listening Tour 

Two Weeks Left!

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is hosting a public Listening Tour through May 15th.  There are a few stops left.  Do not miss this opportunity to give input into the new direction of mental health services in NY state. OMH wants shift from hospital/inpatient care to community services.  This is your chance to tell them what you think they should do. 

The remaining dates and locations are:

May 2, 2013 
Long Island

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pilgrim PC 
998 Crooked Hill Road 
West Brentwood, NY 11717 
Rehab Building #102 Auditorium


May 3, 2013 

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

75 Morton Street 
NY, NY 10014 
Activities Center


May 8, 2013 

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Capital District PC 
75 New Scotland Avenue 
Albany, NY 12208 
Large Auditorium


May 15, 2013 

10:a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center 
One Chimney Point Drive 
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-2291 
Unity Center



OMH wants to know:

  • How can they ensure youth/individual and family voice?
  • How can they support people receiving inpatient care to return to their community? 
  • How can the current workforce be used differently to facilitate recovery?
  • What do you expect/hope a regional center for mental health excellence to do?
  • What can OMH do to prepare it's workforce to provide new and helpful services?
  • What are your priorities for change in the mental health system? Why?

Take a look at the YP! priority agenda for other ideas for things to talk about.


Click here for more information about the Listening Tours

Click here to register to attend a tour 

Can't go? Submit your comments


Click here to download a flyer with dates of the Listening Tour as well as contact information for the Regional Youth Partner who will be attending.

Now Accepting Applications

2013 Statewide Youth Leadership Forum

Hope, Justice, Pride!
6th Annual Statewide Youth Leadership Forum 

August 13-15, 2013

Albany, New York


Hope, Justice, Pride! At this 6th annual statewide gathering, we will power up our advocacy skills and strengthen the cross-systems and cross-disability youth movement.


YP! is an independent organization run by youth and young adults.  As young people, we need to work together to ensure our rights are protected. Together, as a united movement, we work with state agencies to ensure young people get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve.  We are proud of our culture and our community. Join us at this prestigious annual event.



  • Advocacy to Activism - Activities and guest speakers to learn ways to create change.
  • Meet other young people who have been labeled and want to change the way the system works. 
  • Have dinner with NY State officials and tell them how it really is for young people.
  • Develop your own leadership plan.

The 411:

  • Up to 20 young people will be selected to attend by the YP! Special Events Workgroup.
  • We encourage youth groups to nominate a leader to represent them.
  • This event is free if accepted. Travel, meals and hotel will be paid for by YOUTH POWER!!

In order to be selected you must:

  • Have a disability.
  • Be age 16 to 28.
  • Youth under 18 must have guardian approval.
  • Must live in New York State.
  • Commit to helping a YP! Working Group, Board or a Regional Team for one year.
  • Complete the application and return it by June 24, 2013
 This event is sponsored in part by the New York Independent Living Council. 


YOUTH POWER! is the New York State network of young people who have been labeled and are seeking change.  Together, we have decided to speak up about our experiences because no one knows what it is like for us better than we do.  Through peer-to-peer mentoring, we empower young people to be active citizens who are aware of government operations, their rights and the ability to use their voices to influence policies, practices, regulations and laws.  We are young people helping other people, ensuring availability of self-help and peer support while changing systems so that young people get the support they need with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Nothing About Us Without Us!    @YOUTHPOWERNY