Young Adult Leadership Council
Joining the Council
We welcome youth and young adults ages 16-30, who self-identify as living with mental illness, substance abuse, and/or systems involvement (e.g. foster care, child welfare, juvenile justice, housing, etc.). No mental health diagnosis or amount of recovery time is necessary. We believe in meeting young adults where they are, whether this is the first time they’ve talked about their mental health, or they are years into a career as an agent of change. Supportive adults, allies, and staff may also attend.
See our Members in Action
Flip through the photos below of YALC members at meetings and events.
About our Meetings
On the first Saturday of the month, we meet in Nashville to make friends, gain leadership skills, and give feedback on State initiatives. We develop public awareness campaigns and work to improve systems and services that affect Y/YA. Free lunch and mileage reimbursement (or free Uber rides if needed) are provided as well as stipends (when funds are available). During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to hold meetings virtually.
Local Young Adult Leadership Councils are being developed in Shelby County, Davidson County, and Greene County as a part of the Clinical High Risk-Psychosis and Healthy Transitions-Improving Life Trajectories initiatives.
Our Members Are a Force for Change
YALC members participated in the production of the following PSA to raise awareness about the mental health of young adults.
Want to Learn More?
If you're interested in joining the council, tell us more about yourself in the form below. For additional information, contact Jessica Mullins at Jessica.Mullins@tn.gov or call 615-253-4545.