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Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future

Empowerment (MY LIFE)

Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania is dedicated to helping to improve the lives of youth in Pennsylvania.

What is MY LIFE?

Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment

Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE) is made up of youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who have experience with the following issues:

  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Foster Care

It was founded in Arizona in 2008. The group focuses on important issues affecting youth through:

  • Regular meetings
  • Special events
  • Presentations
  • Performances

MY LIFE is helping to improve mental health, substance abuse, foster care and juvenile justice systems. It gives youth the chance to become leaders in their communities. Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania has partnered with Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties to start MY LIFE groups in those areas.

Who can join MY LIFE?

MY LIFE groups and activities are open to any youth who:

  • Is between the ages of 13 and 23 years old
  • Has experience with mental health, substance abuse and/or foster care-related issues

We welcome youth who have these challenges themselves. We also welcome youth who have a family member or friend experiencing these challenges. No application is needed to join this group. Any youth who attends a meeting or an event is considered a MY LIFE member.

Why join MY LIFE?

MY LIFE is a group where youth can:

  • Feel supported
  • Make friends
  • Have fun
  • Show off their talents
  • Learn about topics that are important to them

MY LIFE gives youth a chance to build:

  • Confidence
  • Positive social supports
  • Leadership skills

MY LIFE helps youth use their experiences to help others. It gives the chance to help improve the programs and systems that serve young people.

Become a fan of MY LIFE on Facebook!

MY LIFE has a Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/MYLIFEyouth

The page helps to educate, inform, engage and build support for MY LIFE programs.

Become a fan and learn how MY LIFE youth are:

  • Using their experiences, strengths, talents and voice to improve youth and young adult programs and services throughout the country
  • Getting rid of the stigma associated with being a young person living with a mental illness and/or substance abuse issue

Get involved with DelCo MY LIFE

MY LIFE Information

Delaware County, contact Hope Kirkland, KirklandH@magellanhealth.com

Check out the MY LIFE video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpM1qVsSpYg

Check out the MY LIFE Youth Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol event video held on May 8, 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVtiWp9vEN8

My Life webpage: