A summit for our young leaders – and those who love them

On behalf of the entire We Fight network, I’m excited to announce that we will be launching our community summit series – “Elevate Northern Michigan: A Youth Mental Health Summit for Young Leaders – and Those Who Love Them” on Tuesday, August 9th.

Elevate Northern Michigan is a quarterly summit series focused on boosting knowledge, shifting attitudes and building support for youth mental health and learning about:

  1. neuroscience research
  2. practical well-being tools
  3. leadership skills

All are welcome at the summit — particularly young people aged 16-24 and those who love them. No previous training or engagement with We Fight is required.

This first two-hour summit will consist of three workshops with local experts:

  • Kristen Ryder, TCTSY-F — School Psychologist, MI-ACEs Champion Trainer
  • Matt Zerilli, CADC — Juvenile Justice Diversion Therapist with Northern Lakes Community Mental Health
  • Rebekah TenBrink — Founder/ Director at LIFT Teen Center in Suttons Bay

The summit begins at 10 AM, and will take place at Northwestern Michigan College’s Innovation Center. We Fight is grateful for NMC’s support and sponsorship of Elevate Northern Michigan.

We Fight recently underwent a strategic visioning process to better accomplish its vision: a northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protecting our kids’ mental health. The Elevate summit series is one optimistic, science-based step towards that vision.

“I hope that aspiring youth leaders leave this summit with a better understanding of the skills required to project their voice and tackle systemic change with the youthful determination that makes their advocacy so unique to begin with.” – Will Unger, We Fight leadership team member and rising Central High School senior.

Registration is free but required as space is limited.

See you at NMC’s Innovation Center on August 9th?

Register today.


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