Who We Are
Supporting partnerships between youth, young adults, and organizations
Promoting the services and support systems that help youth and young adults live safe and healthy lives
Providing individuals and organizations with
topic-specific resources related to youth and young adult voice
Training organizations and communities on authentic youth engagement
ACCEPT is a movement of youth and young adults (ages 13-25) from across Texas who use their lived experience and expertise to ensure that youth can live healthy lives and pursue their dreams.
Allies Cultivating Change by Empowering Positive Transformation.
Transforming systems to better serve youth by supporting partnerships between youth, young adults, and organizations.
Respect: Appreciate all experiences, backgrounds, and expertise youth and young adults advocates bring to the work we do.
Education: Inform and train key stakeholders, communities, and individuals on the value of authentic youth engagement.
Authenticity: Maintain the highest regard for youth voice, and use it to inform and drive our work.
Connection: Develop a medium for communication and action, and ensure it is a reflection of authentic youth engagement.
Honor: Recognize the important contributions youth and young adults can make in their communities.
ACCEPT (Allies Cultivating Change by Empowering Positive Transformation) began in 2013 when the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded a System of Care expansion grant to Texas. This grant included a commitment to grow youth and young adult voice across the state. As part of these efforts, several youth and young adults began to envision the idea of a statewide group of youth and young adults that advocate for the issues important to young people and provide training to organizations on how to better engage youth. In the first few years, ACCEPT created mission and vision statements, a list of values, and worked with a designer to create a logo.
In the summer of 2016, ACCEPT became a statewide chapter of Youth M.O.V.E National. Youth M.O.V.E is a youth led national orgaization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience.
Today, ACCEPT consists of a strong core group of youth and young adult leaders from across Texas. While each member has unique lived experience and passions, ACCEPT is held together in its commitment to authentic youth voice.