Flourish Initiative is proud to be the host organization for our local Youth MOVE chapter, Flourish Youth MOVE! Flourish Youth MOVE is a chapter of Youth MOVE National which is a youth-driven organization that is dedicated to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of youth who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
Flourish Youth MOVE was started by youth in Flourish Prep I internship. As part of their internship service project, several Prep I cohorts researched youth-led organizations they wanted to bring to Boone County, submitted the Youth MOVE chapter application, and hosted community action planning meetings to determine focus areas and strategies for improving youth mental health and reducing gun violence amongst youth. Many of Flourish’s Prep I interns continue to be involved in the implementation of Flourish Youth MOVE’s action plan to create more safe spaces for youth in Boone County.
Flourish Youth MOVE’s mission is to unite youth voices of Boone County, Missouri to make positive changes in systems that impact youth by creating equitable, safe environments for all youth to flourish. Flourish Youth MOVE envisions a better community by reducing youth violence and improving youth mental health through advocacy, education, safe spaces, and peer support.
All Boone County youth are welcomed to join Flourish Youth MOVE! This youth-led group especially encourages participation from youth who have experience with foster care, adoption, mental health struggles, homelessness, those impacted by violence, LGBTQ+ youth, youth of color, and any other under-represented group!
Click here to visit the Flourish Youth MOVE website