Youth Council Application

 

We are excited to announce that Directing Change is currently accepting applications for our 2022-2023 Youth Council. The Directing Change Youth Council will support the Directing Change team by providing feedback on the program and serving as ambassadors for the program. Each term lasts for one school year, from September 2022 to June 2023. To apply, submit an application below by September 19th. Youth council members will be announced in late September.

Who can apply?

  • Young people in grades 8-12, or in college (up to age 25)
  • Must have participated in the Directing Change program at least once in the last 3 years 
  • Live in California

What are the responsibilities of a youth council member?

As a member of our youth council, you will have an opportunity to provide feedback about the program, help out with social media and other content, and act as an ambassador for the program.  

Specifically, you will be asked to:

  1. Attend and participate in 3 virtual meetings this school year:
    • October 4, 2022, 5:30 – 7 pm
    • January 18, 2023, 5:30 – 7 pm 
    • June 5, 2023, 5:30 – 7 pm 
  2. Build leadership skills by contributing to at least one ambassador track:
    • Marketing and Social Media (review and advise on social media strategies, create social media content, advise on promotional materials and ideas to engage more young people with the program)
    • Outreach and Public Speaking (present and speak publicly about Directing Change in at least one community event, or at a meeting such as a PTA meeting, school board meetings, or to a local middle school or high school interested in participating in the program)
    • Media and Messaging (learn about safe messaging and review recent films and television shows for our annual media awards and write up at least one review of how a film or show did in covering a mental health or suicide prevention storyline)
    • Evaluation and Research (provide perspective on our current research studies, including design and data collection as well as interpretation of findings)
    • Mental Health Advocacy (provide perspective and input on how to improve mental health services for young people)

Applicants will rank and apply for which track they are most interested in, and the Directing Change team will try to match council members with either their first or second choice.

  1. Judge one category in the annual film contest (March 2023) and one monthly Hope & Justice contest (various dates available).
  1. Provide feedback via email on specific program elements (as needed).

FAQ:

How many hours will I have to commit to the youth council?

We anticipate that the commitment is about 15 to 20 hours over the course of 9 months.

What are the benefits of serving on the Directing Change youth council?

By serving on our youth council you have an opportunity to develop leadership skills and ensure that the youth voice is at the forefront of the program.  It will look great on your resume and college applications.  But maybe most importantly, it provides you with an opportunity to make a difference by engaging more young people in conversations around mental health and suicide prevention.  

  • Certificate of appreciation recognizing your term as a youth council member
  • Letter of recommendation (if requested)
  • Suicide Prevention 101 Training
  • Community service hours, if requested and approved by your school
  • Opportunities for career development and mentorship
  • A $150 Amazon gift card

Can I still submit to the annual film contest or monthly contests?

Yes, youth council members are not excluded from submitting to the program.

How can I apply?

To apply, submit an application by September 19th here. Youth council members will be announced in late September 2022.

Questions?

For questions, please contact devin@directingchange.org

Thank you!

Youth Council Application

The Directing Change program is currently accepting applications for our 2022-2023 Youth Council. The Directing Change Youth Council will support the Directing Change team by providing feedback on the program and serving as ambassadors for the program. Each term lasts for one school year, from September 2022 to June 2023, and past Directing Change participants in grades 8-12 or in college up to age 25 are eligible to participate. Please apply by September 19.

First & Last
For the 2022-2023 school year
Current school you're attending, if applicable
For example, if you participated last school year, you would put 2021-2022. Feel free to put all school years that you were part of Directing Change if you participated more than once (for example, "2020-2021 and 2021-2022").
Which category did you submit in? Mark all that apply.(Required)
What ambassador track are you most interested in? Please select your FIRST choice on this question.(Required)
FIRST CHOICE
What ambassador track are you most interested in? Please select your SECOND choice on this question.(Required)
SECOND CHOICE - please make sure this is different from your selection on the first question :)
If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
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