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Youth Engaged 4 Change The federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs created YE4C to promote meaningful opportunities & engagement for America’s youth. Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C) was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) in partnership with youth and young adults.

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Mission: - Encourage youth and young adults to shape programs, policies, and services that affect them. - Promote meaningful partnerships between youth and adults. - Share federal resources with youth and young adults. - Connect youth and young adults to opportunities funded by the federal government. Follow/share ≠ endorsement.

Operating as usual

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving! 🍁
11/26/2020

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving! 🍁

To whoever needs to hear this: it's ok to set boundaries around usual holiday traditions, travel, gatherings, people and...
11/25/2020

To whoever needs to hear this: it's ok to set boundaries around usual holiday traditions, travel, gatherings, people and situations generally to protect your mental and physical health.
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#holidays #mentalhealth #covid19 #boundaries #2020

Attending a Thanksgiving gathering this year? Take steps to make #Thanksgiving safer. #WearAMask, stay at least 6 feet a...
11/23/2020

Attending a Thanksgiving gathering this year? Take steps to make #Thanksgiving safer. #WearAMask, stay at least 6 feet apart, and wash your hands often. Choose outdoor or well-ventilated spaces. Check out at CDC for more tips: https://bit.ly/35hIcti.

Saturday, Nov. 21 3 PM ET is the last day to submit for an Economic Impact Payment as a response to the #COVID19 pandemi...
11/19/2020

Saturday, Nov. 21 3 PM ET is the last day to submit for an Economic Impact Payment as a response to the #COVID19 pandemic. How do these payments work, are you eligible, and how can you get it? Find answers in our Economic Impact Payments guide for young adults: https://bit.ly/2RGdO4f IRS

It may be easy to feel out of control, sad, overwhelmed, anxious and ALL the feelings right now. Here are some tips to p...
11/19/2020

It may be easy to feel out of control, sad, overwhelmed, anxious and ALL the feelings right now. Here are some tips to protect your #mentalhealth from @afspnational:
💙focus on what you can control
💙do what helps you feel a sense of safety
💙reach out if you need support

If you need help, Contact @afspnational or the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 for free, confidential support at 1-800-985-5990

@AYPF_Tweets is hosting Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People, an event highlighting the talen...
11/16/2020

@AYPF_Tweets is hosting Breaking Through Barriers: Elevating the Voices of Young People, an event highlighting the talents and stories of systems-involved youth on 12/2 6 PM ET. Attendees will hear about the experiences of systems-involved youth related to educational and workforce outcomes. Link coming soon.

Figuring out your career path? Take a look at your favorite hobby! Learn about how Jonah turned his passion for photogra...
11/13/2020

Figuring out your career path? Take a look at your favorite hobby! Learn about how Jonah turned his passion for photography into a career. bit.ly/combining-passion-employment

Self-care and taking care of others looks different right now. ❤️How are you practicing self-care or caring for others? ...
11/12/2020

Self-care and taking care of others looks different right now. ❤️How are you practicing self-care or caring for others? We asked young people to tell us about how they practice self-care and what’s worked for them and shared their responses, tools and ideas about what helps young people take care of themselves and their communities in our blog: https://bit.ly/2IyZg5l

Honoring all who have served this #VeteransDay.
11/11/2020

Honoring all who have served this #VeteransDay.

Our team developed this toolkit based on input from #youth to answer some of the biggest questions on your mind. Find re...
11/11/2020

Our team developed this toolkit based on input from #youth to answer some of the biggest questions on your mind. Find resources on career & education paths, paying for school, career planning, and more! https://bit.ly/3m2BkW5

Allie shares about their gap year, interest in entrepreneurship, and podcast featuring women in business. Check out the ...
11/09/2020

Allie shares about their gap year, interest in entrepreneurship, and podcast featuring women in business. Check out the whole interview! https://bit.ly/allie-inspiring-story

It’s important to pay attention to your mental health when using social media. 📲 Click the link for ways to keep yoursel...
11/06/2020

It’s important to pay attention to your mental health when using social media. 📲 Click the link for ways to keep yourself on track while online! bit.ly/Social-Media-Use-Mental-Health

Make sure to pay attention to your mental health! Take time to breathe and listen to yourself. It’s okay to pause, take ...
11/04/2020

Make sure to pay attention to your mental health! Take time to breathe and listen to yourself. It’s okay to pause, take a breath, and then continue. As we go through these turbulent times, make sure to practice #selfcare.

It doesn’t matter where you live -- every single vote is important in the 2020 #election happening tomorrow, November 3!...
11/02/2020

It doesn’t matter where you live -- every single vote is important in the 2020 #election happening tomorrow, November 3! Make your voice heard. Check the link in our bio.

Halloween this year looks different. Here are tips from CDC for celebrating safely, including examples of high, moderate...
10/30/2020

Halloween this year looks different. Here are tips from CDC for celebrating safely, including examples of high, moderate and low risk activities. Some low/moderate risk activities include:

🎃 Carving pumpkins with members of your household
🎃 Decorating your home
🎃 Small, outdoor, socially distanced costume parade/party + masks. P.S. a costume mask is NOT a substitute for a cloth mask. And don't layer your costume mask OVER your cloth mask. That could make it hard to breathe. Consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

Read for more ideas to safely celebrate this year: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

Did you know that October 27th is National Mentoring Day? Having a mentor can help you stay on track to achieve your goa...
10/28/2020

Did you know that October 27th is National Mentoring Day? Having a mentor can help you stay on track to achieve your goals. Learn more: bit.ly/national-mentoring-partnership

Take care of your mental health. Changes to school, work, and life routines because of the COVID-19 pandemic can feel ov...
10/27/2020

Take care of your mental health. Changes to school, work, and life routines because of the COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming, but there are resources to help if you’re struggling. Check out our resources. bit.ly/ways-cope-stress

Learn how to best protect yourself and others during this pandemic. Staying safe includes always wearing a mask when aro...
10/26/2020

Learn how to best protect yourself and others during this pandemic. Staying safe includes always wearing a mask when around people who don’t live in your household, staying six feet apart from others, washing your hands often, and staying home if you feel sick. Visit CDC and the https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for more information.

Whether you are in school online, in-person, or a combination of both, it may be a difficult transition. These lifestyle...
10/23/2020

Whether you are in school online, in-person, or a combination of both, it may be a difficult transition. These lifestyle changes can be especially hard for young people and affect you in different ways. The YE4C Editorial Board and U.S. Department of State: Virtual Student Federal Service Intern Ifeoma created a list of tips they have used to help adjust to this new normal. https://bit.ly/3kgBRni

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know may be affected by domestic violence or relatio...
10/22/2020

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know may be affected by domestic violence or relationship abuse, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline #DVAM #1Thing. https://thehotline.org

How to wash your cloth masks. 😷 @cdcgov ・・・DYK? Cloth masks should be washed after each use. It is important to always w...
10/20/2020

How to wash your cloth masks. 😷 @cdcgov
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DYK? Cloth masks should be washed after each use. It is important to always wear and remove your mask correctly. Wash your hands after wearing, handling, or touching your mask. Masks, when combined with other every day steps like staying 6 feet apart and washing your hands often, help slow the spread of #COVID19. Learn more: http://bit.ly/CDC-WashMasks.

#PublicHealth #Health #CDC #WearAMask

Join @afterschool4all for Lights On Afterschool nationwide virtual events celebrating afterschool programs. Events start...
10/14/2020

Join @afterschool4all for Lights On Afterschool nationwide virtual events celebrating afterschool programs. Events start on 10/22 including a Youth Town Hall, a coding activity led by Facebook, speaking live with a NASA astronaut and more!https://bit.ly/2SRxSky

This summer YE4C Editorial Board member, Laticia Aossey, joined us for an IG Live to discuss relaxation techniques to na...
10/13/2020

This summer YE4C Editorial Board member, Laticia Aossey, joined us for an IG Live to discuss relaxation techniques to navigate stress, including breathing, visualization and more. Check them out and share in our blog! https://bit.ly/33URN8w

Youth Engaged 4 Change's cover photo
10/13/2020

Youth Engaged 4 Change's cover photo

Youth Thrive, an initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, is asking for your help to identify the best e...
10/12/2020

Youth Thrive, an initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, is asking for your help to identify the best examples of community-based resources, partnerships, activities, or programs that give young people (ages 9-26 years old) opportunities and experiences they need to fulfill their dreams in a safe, loving, and equitable environment. Submit your ideas through this online survey by 10/23: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMWMJ3B

10/10/2020

It's World Mental Health Day. With everything going on in the world, caring for your mental health is essential. See the link in our bio for resources on coping with stress and more. https://bit.ly/2KJMI8t #worldmentalhealthday

ART CONTEST: Has your parent ever been incarcerated? Enter the #SeeUsSupportUs art contest by sharing art, poems, or pho...
10/08/2020

ART CONTEST: Has your parent ever been incarcerated? Enter the #SeeUsSupportUs art contest by sharing art, poems, or photos on any topic! Art about incarceration is welcome. Winners receive a $50 prize. Youth up to age 23 can apply. Contest ends 10/26/20. How to enter:

1. Post your art on your Instagram feed
2. Tag The Osborne Association and use #SUSUArtContest in your
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Email your submission to Allison at [email protected].

That's it! The Osborne Association will DM you to confirm they received your entry.

There is still time to apply to join our Editorial Board! Youth ages 16-24: Do you want to be part of the creation and g...
10/02/2020

There is still time to apply to join our Editorial Board! Youth ages 16-24: Do you want to be part of the creation and gathering of content that helps other young people like you? Help us address the issues and experiences of youth through our website and social media channels.

Editorial Members have the opportunity to contribute to the review and creation of website content, social media content, other digital content (like podcasts and videos), and much more. Click here for more information and instructions to apply: https://bit.ly/3iOCpPS
Application deadline: 10/4/20!

ART CONTEST: Has your parent even been incarcerated? Enter the #SeeUsSupportUs art contest by sharing art, poems, or pho...
10/01/2020

ART CONTEST: Has your parent even been incarcerated? Enter the #SeeUsSupportUs art contest by sharing art, poems, or photos on any topic! Art about incarceration is welcome. Winners receive a $50 prize. Youth up to age 23 can apply. Contest ends 10/26/20. How to enter:

1. Post your art on your INSTAGRAM feed
2. Tag The Osborne Association and use #SUSUArtContest in your post.
OR
Email your submission to Allison at [email protected]

That's it! The Osborne Association will DM you to confirm they received your entry.

ATTN YOUTH 16-24: It’s not too late to apply to be a member of the YE4C Editorial Board!Our Editorial Board members help...
09/30/2020

ATTN YOUTH 16-24: It’s not too late to apply to be a member of the YE4C Editorial Board!

Our Editorial Board members help us develop and share content that is relevant and helpful to youth. If you are interested in creating online content and helping bring awareness to the experiences of youth, we encourage you to apply. Apply here to be part of the excitement: https://bit.ly/3iOCpPS. Application deadline: 10/4/20!

Are you between 16 and 24 years old and interested in creating content by youth for youth? Consider applying to join the...
09/28/2020

Are you between 16 and 24 years old and interested in creating content by youth for youth? Consider applying to join the YE4C Editorial Board! Help us keep up-to-date on the concerns and experiences of youth and develop content that meets the needs and interests of youth.

As an Editor, your role would include writing, content review and development, editing, social media, and more. For more information and instructions to apply, visit: https://bit.ly/3iOCpPS
Application deadline: 10/4/20!

It's National Voter Registration Day. The 2020 United States #election is Tuesday, November 3rd. If you are eligible to ...
09/24/2020

It's National Voter Registration Day. The 2020 United States #election is Tuesday, November 3rd. If you are eligible to #vote, make sure you are registered! Register at vote.gov.

Youth ages 16-24: Do you want to be part of the creation and gathering of content that helps other young people like you...
09/24/2020

Youth ages 16-24: Do you want to be part of the creation and gathering of content that helps other young people like you? Apply to be a member of the YE4C Editorial Board and help us address the issues and experiences of youth through our website and social media channels.

Editorial Members have the opportunity to contribute to the review and creation of website content, social media content, other digital content (like podcasts and videos), and much more. Click here for more information and instructions to apply: https://bit.ly/3iOCpPS
Application deadline: 10/4/20!

It's National Voter Registration Day. The 2020 United States #election is Tuesday, November 3rd. If you are eligible to ...
09/22/2020

It's National Voter Registration Day. The 2020 United States #election is Tuesday, November 3rd. If you are eligible to #vote, make sure you are registered! Register at vote.gov.

ATTN YOUTH 16-24: It’s not too late to apply to be a member of the YE4C Editorial Board!Our Editorial Board members help...
09/21/2020

ATTN YOUTH 16-24: It’s not too late to apply to be a member of the YE4C Editorial Board!

Our Editorial Board members help us develop and share content that is relevant and helpful to youth. If you are interested in creating online content and helping bring awareness to the experiences of youth, we encourage you to apply. Apply here to be part of the excitement: https://bit.ly/3iOCpPS. Application deadline: 10/4/20!

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I hope this can help someone,❤️ The real affect of bullying. So as many of you know, I was the target for bully’s in Highschool. Argos specifically. I answered a TBH post and that was the end of it. A Highschool ex had liked my TBH, so I replied with “your a cool guy” or something pretty much just like that. So the girlfriend instantly starts her drama. I was already in my second Highschool, because I had to leave my first due to being lured into a fight with a mother and daughter. I handled myself, and was deemed a “threat”. Cops walked the girl to class because she was scared I was going to come after her, after I was the one that got jumped. So after constant drama I left. I didn’t know very many people at Argos, so I clearly had the disadvantage. Hell these kids grew up together. I made a few friends, at first life was good. But then I was sitting in the locker room and one of my “friends” said “hey so-so needs to talk to you”. I followed to the hall way, not expecting what everyone else was waiting on. Now these girls knew I couldn’t fight, I was on probation from the first time I was jumped and would lose my scholarships if I did so. ( literally told this girl that the day before she jumped me) Everyone knew this. So when the first punch came I knew I was just in a fight to defend myself. I threw my hands up, and started taking hits. 10 feet from the lunch room were most teachers were watching from. This went on for what seemed like forever before a teacher finally stepped up and said enough, but it continued. The teacher finally broke it up, and sent us to the office. I wasn’t crying, I’ve been through a lot of traumatic things at this point so my first instinct is to get things figured out then have feelings. Due to this I was sent home and the girl was sent to class, because she was balling. I got home and explained what happened, my mom being who she is started digging to figure out what the hell I did to make this happen. She came up with nothing, other then the tbh post. I received the video almost instantly. When the principle seen it, he called my parents holding back tears that night. He knew he dropped the ball and failed me after watching what happened. My probabtion officer asked why I didn’t fight back, a week after telling me if I did I was done for. I went back to school after the video made it out of Indiana and went viral. I debated hitting trees on the way to school. Once back at school, it was made aware that the girl was still in school because her mom thought “her staying in school in punishment enough”. So I dealt with some pretty insane bullying, to the point I stayed in the locker room during classes and ate lunch in the dark gym. I tried to stay strong but it was getting hard, and the bullying was getting worse. At this point I only was going to school for my tests. How I didn’t kill myself is beyond me, it played in my head daily. My parents were my saving graces, they fought for me and never failed me once. Watching my parents have to go through wondering if I had committed suicide and watching their little girl lose all faith was even harder. I’m not going to lie, those girls pushed me to the point of understanding school shootings. There’s only so much one person can take, before nothing else matters. I was that person. I’ve always dealt with bullying, but this incident broke me. My parents came down during lunch, and asked the principal where I was. He said I was in the lunch room, that’s when my mom let him know where I was hiding. He then got defensive, and literally provoked my dad with “what are you gonna do about it”. My dad of course made a threat. My parents were already at the point of being okay with imprisonment. The school called the cops, and my dad left. My mom followed the principal into the office cussing him. When the officer arrived at the school, he approached my dad. His first question “is this about the girl that got jumped”. The cop proceeded to explain he wouldn’t even send his dogs to the school, lives 3 blocks away and takes his kids to Rochester. I left the school, but still had a viral video going around. So I went to my 3rd Highschool, at this point I had went from a straight A student to barely attending. Almost everyone was terrified of my because I was a “fighter”. So I was avoided, which was just as bad as being bullied. I graduated, but didn’t get to walk due to my lack of attendance. I clearly won’t be attending any Highschool reunions, because who would after that. After Highschool I just didn’t care anymore, my faith and hope had been stripped and I was on a war path. The people i ran with escalated my built up anger and provoked it. I ended up in jail a few times. For fighting men 3x my size. Just the littlest thing could send me over the edge. I had so much rage from all those years. I started getting bullied in 7th grade and up. But I was so good hearted, until it continued. After my last visit to jail, they gave me mandatory anger management. I went and didn’t listen, then i got a counselor who had been through what I was going through. Instead of 1 hour sessions we would do 2. After being able to lay it all out on the table and hearing what was the correct form of action, it hit me. Those people didn’t hate me, they hated who they weren’t. I learned letting karma do her business was the best way, and man did she do her job. I went from thriving off of fights even in my relationship to not wanting any at all. To get me to the point of fighting or even feeling bullied anymore is impossible. I’ve had the same girl trying to bully me for 2 years now, constantly making jabs and rumors. I don’t feel bullied, I feel sorry for her. She thinks about me constantly, my names always in her mouth. It’s jealousy. It just took me until it was to late to figure that out. No kid should go through this. And sadly most of the kids that put me through this have their own kids now. I just hope they have realized how to raise their kids properly, and not follow their footsteps. I don’t feel sorry for myself, hell if I wouldn’t have went through all that I wouldn’t be who I am today. I literally can do anything! I just want parents and teens to understand, you thinking your cool and picking on someone isn’t a game. Your destroying their self esteem. And when you or your child push someone to the edge because it’s “funny”, understand you just pushed someone to not care anymore and the backlash can easily be fatal. Don’t be those people. I’ve seen where “those” people end up, and it’s not a good place. Because “those” people will always thrive on negativity. Keep your head up, life will take care of the rest I promise. Even if it seems like there is no other way out, there is. Feel free to share to help someone get through it ❤️