For Youth

One Size Does Not Fit ALl

Reach Youth and Families puts youth in a position to be heard and to guide the process of creating strong futures for themselves and others. Your voice, strengths, and experience can shape and drive improvement in services and systems, ensure they are shaped to each individual and support your goals.


Youth Voice


Reach is committed to improving services and systems through the voices of individuals who have lived experience with various services and systems—including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.


Principles of a Youth-Guided System







  • You have rights
  • You are viewed as important resources
  • You have an equal voice and are engaged in developing and improving the services you use
  • You are active partners in creating your individual support plan
  • You have access to appropriate information
  • You are valued as experts in system transformation
  • Your strengths and interests are used to drive goals and plans
  • Adults and youth respect and value youth culture and all forms of diversity
  • You are supported in a way that is targeted to your individual needs

YouthMove, 2006, Technical Assistance Partnership, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC


Youth Centered Approaches to Services and Supports


“Youth centered” begins with a focus on you, your voice, and your natural supports (like family but other supports too). No one knows you or your family better than you do. That’s why youth and family perspectives and opinions are given priority and every plan is based on your goal and the support you need to achieve them. You and your family can get help to access the supports and resources you need to build a brighter future, to restore hope and rediscover strengths and connections.


Coordination:  The first step, making a plan

Sometimes we need a lot of support and sometimes just a little. Reach Youth and Families wants to help you get the support and services you need, when you need them, not more and not less.




  1. a person whose job is to organize events or activities and to negotiate with others in order to ensure they work together effectively.
  2. a person who brings the different elements of (a complex activity) into a relationship that will ensure efficiency or harmony.
  3. a person who negotiates with others in order to work together effectively, co-operate, collaborate, communicate, and be in contact.

Synonyms:   organize, arrange, order, systematize, harmonize, synchronize, bring together, fit together

A Reach Coordinator organizes people and services so you can be heard and receive what you need, when you need it through:

  • Goal setting and planning
  • Supportive problem solving
  • Getting everyone on the same page- Your family, social supports, and service providers


Wraparound Coordination and Support 

High Fidelity Wraparound is the same youth centered approach when you are facing issues that are more difficult. It may be the right choice if you need support with complicated relationships or if you are already receiving services but don’t know if they are working for you. Wraparound can help if you don’t know where to start looking for help being heard and reaching your goals.

You may have chosen Wraparound yourself or have had it recommended by someone else. Either way you probably have questions. Check out the information and links below to see materials that can start to answer your questions about how the process works, your rights, and how your voice can make a big impact for yourself and others.

 What does HFW do?

  • It offers a safe environment for people to listen to you and for you to receive non-judgmental help.
  • It offers people who understand cultural differences and will respect your values and beliefs.
  • It gives you the opportunity to pick services and resources that are right for you.
  • It starts by giving you the chance to develop a unique plan with people you trust
  • It focuses on your strengths and on helping you develop new skills to meet your goals.
  • It helps remove pressure and ensures that everyone involved understands and is working towards the same goals.
  • It provides support in improving difficult situations and relationships.

The Wraparound Process User’s Guide – A Handbook for Families


Advocating and Leading: Opportunities to Support Community with Youth Voice

Watch for opportunities and check out the links below for more information (Coming Soon)


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