Youth Involvement: Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE)
Magellan is dedicated to helping to improve the lives of youth in Pennsylvania.
What is MY LIFE?
Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE) is made up of youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who have experience with the following issues:
- Mental health
- Substance use
- Juvenile justice
- Foster care
It was founded in Arizona in 2008. The group focuses on important issues affecting youth through regular meetings, special events, presentations and performances.
MY LIFE is helping to improve the lives of youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who are dealing with issues related to mental health, substance use, foster care and juvenile justice. It gives youth the chance to become leaders in their communities. Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania has partnered with Bucks, Cambria, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to host MY LIFE groups in these counties.
MY LIFE Information
If you live in Bucks County, contact Dana Lombardi, DMLombardi@magellanhealth.com
If you live in Cambria County, contact Heidi Niebauer, NiebauerH@magellanhealth.com
If you live in Montgomery County, contact Stacey Volz, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Lehigh County or Northampton County, contact Michele Davis, MLDavis@magellanhealth.com.
Please always call 911 in an emergency.
Who can join MY LIFE?
MY LIFE groups and activities are open to any youth who:
- Are between the ages of 13 and 23 years old.
- Has experience with mental health, substance use, juvenile justice and/or foster care-related issues.
We welcome youth who have these challenges themselves. We also welcome youth who have a family member or friend experiencing these challenges. No application is needed to join this group. Any youth who attends a meeting or an event is considered a MY LIFE member.
Why join MY LIFE?
MY LIFE is a group where youth can:
- Feel supported.
- Make friends.
- Have fun.
- Show off their talents.
- Learn about topics that are important to them.
MY LIFE gives youth a chance to build:
- Positive social supports.
- Leadership skills.
MY LIFE helps youth use their experiences to help others. It gives the chance to help improve the programs and systems that serve young people.
Become a fan of MY LIFE on Facebook!
MY LIFE has a Facebook fan page (www.Facebook.com/MYLIFEyouth). The page helps to educate, inform, engage and build support for MY LIFE programs.
Become a fan and learn how MY LIFE youth are:
- Using their experiences, strengths, talents and voice to improve youth and young adult programs and services throughout the country.
- Getting rid of the stigma associated with being a young person living with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder issue.
Thanks for your support!
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