Elevate Northern Michigan

A Youth Mental Health Summit for Young Leaders – and Those Who Love Them

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 four 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
  • Dr. Megan Stilwill, DO — Pediatrician

Our first summit is 10-12p on Tuesday, August 9th 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 Central High School student

Registration is free. Limited space is available.

If you’d like to be involved in the behind-the-scenes formation of Elevate Northern Michigan, our planning committee comprised of individuals from We Fight will be having two upcoming meetings: Tuesday, July 19th and Tuesday, August 2nd via Zoom.

Interested in partnering with We Fight? Email jessie@goodworkslab.org to get connected with support opportunities for Elevate.