DURHAM, N.H. – The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire congratulates Jonathon Drake, MSW on his selection as the first annual Rockstar Award recipient from youth advocacy group Youth M.O.V.E. New Hampshire. The award recognizes Mr. Drake’s commitment to youth engagement, outstanding research, and performance as a social services educator.

“I am honored and thankful to have been nominated for this award by the members of Youth MOVE,” shares Jonathon. “There are so many talented and dedicated professionals across the state working with youth with emotional or behavioral disorders, and to be honored alongside them means the world.”

Jonathon Drake, MSW began his relationship with the IOD in 2005 as a NH Leadership in Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) intern, later joining the Achievement in Dropout Prevention and Excellence (APEX) project, providing training and technical assistance to high schools on the RENEW intervention model. He is the master trainer for the RENEW Capacity Building project, training mental health clinicians to provide RENEW services to youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth-led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of young people who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.