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Peer teaching, Mentoring, Youth -- Counseling of, Social work with youth, Mental health services -- United States


This tip sheet is designed for use by youth and young adult led organizations that include young people with lived experience in the mental health system in their membership. Organizations that have a history of working together collectively, have clear leadership roles and are ready to move into policy change are most likely to find these tips useful. The recommendations and the quotes contained in this tip sheet came from a series of interviews with young adult leaders from advocacy groups that focus on mental health challenges or living in foster care. Each organization was selected because of its work to change a policy that was important to its membership.


A product of the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures at Portland State University and Youth M.O.V.E. National.

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