In April, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon was joined by Lane County community members, statewide advocacy partners, professionals, youth, and young adults in celebrating the grand reopening of the Eugene Drop.

Speakers included: Bruce Abel from Trillium Behavioral Health, YMO Executive Director Martin Rafferty, Eugene Mayor Kitty Percy, and young adults from the Empowerment Recovery Academy program.

The Eugene Drop was redesigned to increase functionality, promote creativity, and optimize the Empowerment Recovery Academy (ERA). 

ERA, YMO’s newest leadership program was developed for transition-aged (14-21) young adults who are interested in building leadership and professional skills alongside a community of peers. The drop-in center is now fully equipped with an updated computer lab; a stage for performances, presentations, and speeches; a green screen and video production studio; and an Oculus Rift virtual reality station. These new state of the art resources will help our young adults on their individualized path to ERA graduation.

The grand reopening was emceed by Hayden, a local young adult from the Empowerment Recovery Academy (ERA). He introduced three of his fellow ERA group members, each who spoke about their experiences with the program and the center.

We are so proud to be able to provide the young adults of Lane County with a creative and innovative space where they can gain marketable leadership skills and professional experience. 

We want to thank everyone who came to the grand reopening to show their support for YMO, ERA, and the Eugene Drop; it’s with support from our community that we are able to support our young adults to empower themselves and become leaders. 

The Eugene Drop is open Monday - Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm.