ASK - Advocacy Services for KidsASK - Advocacy Services for KidsASK - Advocacy Services for KidsASK - Advocacy Services for Kids

Welcome to Advocacy Services for Kids

 

ASK is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to supporting families and youth by improving the system of care for children’s mental health. Through collaboration with families, youth and community partners, we hope to guide this system toward becoming more family-driven, youth-guided, and culturally competent.

We believe that the best support comes from someone who has ‘been there’, and who can personally relate to the obstacles, frustrations, joys and celebrations that go along with raising a child with mood, emotional, or behavioral challenges. As parents of children with mood, behavioral, and emotional disorders themselves, our Family Support Partners draw from personal experience and perspective to empower families. Our Youth Peer Support Specialist have personal experience as a youth with mental health challenges. They are trained to support the youth and use their recent experiences to help inspire, mentor, and motivate the youth they are working with. ASK's Calling All Youth (CAY) M.O.V.E. committee gives high school aged youth with emotional, behavioral, or mood disorders the opportunity to come together to reduce stigma through community presentations, impact service providers in Kalamazoo, and develop leadership and life skills.  

 If you need assistance in navigating the mental health, education, juvenile justice or child welfare system, ASK can help.
 If you are a family member or youth who wants to have a voice, ASK can help.
 If you want to meet other parents, youth, or peers who are going through similar struggles, ASK can help.
 If you just need someone who has been there to listen to you, ASK can help.

Remember, raising kids and being a youth can be tough. If you need help, just ASK!


Our Vision, Mission & Values

Vision
Providers and communities partner equally with families and youth to optimize their care and to develop programs and policies affecting all children with mental health challenges.

Mission
We assist families and their children who have mood, emotional, and behavioral challenges to understand and navigate services, advocate effectively, and achieve their potential.

Values
We embrace these values in our interactions with families, youth, partners, communities, and each other:

Respect
Understanding
Compassion
Collaboration
Empowerment

 

ASK is the proud local affiliate of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

FFCMH

This year, in conjunction with National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, we sought to break the barriers surrounding children's mental health challenges with a billboard campaign, social media outreach, youth-led awareness projects, and a community event. 

However, Children's Mental Health Awareness is important year-round.  We hope you agree that together we can create a community wherein all children have the support to reach for their potential, because Children's Mental Health Matters -to them, to their families, and to all of us
 

YOUTH-LED AWARENESS PIECE:

Youth Advisory Committee Calling All Youth (CAY) M.O.V.E. worked with Fire Historical and Artistic Collaboritive to create a spoken word performance piece to perform during Awareness Week community events, and a song that they could share with the greater community via social media.  Both pieces reflect CAY member's personal experiences and views, and were created to address the stigmas they see in the world