ACMH Youth DancingAssociation for Children’s Mental Health Statewide Youth Advisory Council

Council Overview

The Association for Children's Mental Health (ACMH) Statewide Youth Advisory Council, Youth Organizers (YO), encourages and motivates young people to organize and help fight mental health stigma. The Council focuses on raising awareness and making recommendations for involving youth. Youth members represent Michigan youth with mental health challenges.

Young people with a passion for mental health issues, ages 16-23, are eligible to participate. Interested youth with leadership potential and experience with one or more systems- including mental health, education, juvenile justice, and child welfare- are encouraged to apply. Members will be expected to serve for two years.

Meetings will be held at times and places set by the Council members. Youth Council members will be expected to participate in all Council activities via in-person meetings, through conference calls and/or video conferencing. Meetings may last up to 2 hours and may be photographed, videotaped, or recorded.

ACMH YouthPurpose and Responsibilities

The purpose of the Youth Advisory Council:
• To advise ACMH and other state leaders about the experiences and interests of youth with mental health challenges.
• To promote youth voice in decisions impacting youth around Michigan
• For young people to develop leadership skills and become active citizens
• To create relationships between youth and adult leaders throughout the state

Roles and responsibilities of Youth Council members:
• Commitment to serve for 2 years and actively participate in Council events
• Discuss issues important to youth in their community and learn from other communities
• Demonstrate a commitment to make a change
• Attend scheduled meetings
• Work closely with other Youth Council members and adult sponsor
• Submit a report to ACMH with recommendations regarding youth related issues and council activities.

What You Can Do

If you are interested in serving on the Council, please submit a completed application. By doing so, you agree to fulfill the roles and responsibilities as described.

Additionally, each member will be paired with an adult sponsor who will:

• Serve as a mentor to you,
• Support your involvement in council activities, and
• Help connect you to leadership trainings, educational events, and development opportunities in your community.

An adult sponsor is an adult who serves as a mentor (often sponsors are employees or volunteers of youth serving organizations, therapists, coaches, neighbors, etc.). If you are selected, ACMH will work with you to identify a sponsor.

CLICK HERE for the application.

If you have questions, please contact



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Calling ALL Youth!

Have you had experience in a youth-serving system? (Like Child Welfare, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Special Education, etc.)

Do you have expertise and experience that others may benefit from?

Have you developed training materials or presentations to share with others?

Youth MOVE National is looking for YOU to share your voices and experience!

We are looking for Youth and Young Adults to serve as Consultants in our newly established Consulting and Technical Assistance Pool.

Consultants are paid to provide training, speeches, technical assistance, and more to organizations interested in learning more about youth engagement, empowerment, and youth voice in systems change.

If you are interested, please fill out the application and return all required materials to
Consultant Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and applicants will be notified whether or not they were selected. Applicants may also be contacted to provide more information than was provided in the application.

Please feel free to call us with any questions: 202-679-0452.