Youth-Led Change: Transforming Mental Health and Child Protection

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  • Date: Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 9:00 - 10:00am
  • Location: Virtual
  • Event Type: Online
  • Organizations: YouthPower 2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE)
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About the Event

Please join the YP2LE Youth Systems Strengthening (YSS) Community of Practice (CoP) on Thursday, September 28th at 9 AM ET on Zoom to hear directly from two leaders whose lived experiences and innovative, strategic efforts are transforming the mental health and child protection (also referred to as “child welfare”) systems in the United States:

  • Sixto Cancel, founder and CEO of Think of Us, a research and design lab that works with government agencies, lawmakers, providers, advocates, and foundations to transform child welfare at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Arc Telos Saint Amour (they/them/their), or Tay for short, is the Executive Director of Youth MOVE National, a youth led and driven, chapter-based organization that unites and amplifies the voices of youth with lived experience in various systems, including the mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare systems, in order to create positive system change for all youth to thrive.

Presented by USAID's YouthPower 2: Learning and Evaluation Activity, the Youth Systems Strengthening (YSS) Community of Practice (CoP) serves youth, practitioners in youth-led and youth-serving organizations, and others in advancing comprehensive systems change to improve live of young people.

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About the Community of Practice

The YP2LE Learning Network brings together diverse stakeholders who seek to learn more and share about youth development. As one of six communities of practice, the YSS CoP helps members share and benefit from collective learning. Learning more about the YSS CoP and other CoPs on and register to connect with these communities.

You must be a registered member of in order to participate in the discussion group. Register today!

About YouthPower 2: Learning and Evaluation (YP2LE)

YP2LE is a USAID-funded activity focused on building and disseminating evidence on Positive Youth Development (PYD). YP2LE’s goal is to give program implementers, researchers, and young changemakers the information, tools, and resources they need to develop high-quality, impactful, and sustainable youth programs