Megaphone Anyone?

Using Values to Amplify Your Voice

Advocating for our children in the world of mental health care often leaves parents feeling unheard and overwhelmed. Join this session to learn about values-based advocacy, a way to communicate that will leave you feeling included in the conversation and on the way to improving your advocacy skills.

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Session Presenters

Jen Griffis


Jen lives in Grangeville with her husband Danny and their seven amazing children who are always ready for an adventure. Behavioral, emotional, and learning challenges among her children continue to create many opportunities to personally engage with child-serving systems. 

For the past 7 years Jen has collaborated with the State of Idaho to help create the YES system of care. She participates in workgroups, presents at conferences, and coordinates parents to ensure Idaho’s YES system has a solid foundation in parent voice. Jen also owns a coaching and consulting business, Raising Superkids LLC, that focuses on empowering parents and systems to engage with each other in productive, meaningful ways.

She’s passionate about encouraging parent voice within systems and culture, raising resilient kids no matter what diagnosis or challenge they face, and most importantly, always speaking hope.

Janet Hoeke


Janet enjoys building relationships and creating open dialog. A parent to three, Janet willingly shares her epic parenting fears, woes and fails as examples of how perspective matters. Throughout the last four years, Janet has collaborated to transform the design, implementation and outcomes of the Idaho Youth Empowerment Service (YES) system of care. She has shared her real life experience raising children with suicidality and severe developmental disabilities to foster understanding, encourage conversation, and improve access to care. 

It is Janet’s sincerest desire to create open dialogs and collaboratively address the challenges mental health presents to our families, our communities and our state agencies.