Mental Wellness Champions

Youth Leadership Academy

Mental Wellness Champions is a training program that increases the ability of youth to maintain their own mental wellness as well as advocate for the mental wellness of their peers. Using a positive youth development framework, MWC emphasizes principles, supports, and opportunities that maximize engagement, mitigate mental health and wellness challenges and support healing for vulnerable youth, their peers, and the community. Youth are regarded as community assets, change agents, and influencers who have the power to improve mental wellness.

Program Goals

  1. Define mental wellness
  2. De-stigmatize mental health and wellness
  3. Create a safe space for connection and conversation about mental wellness
  4. Empower participants to advocate for their mental wellness and that of others
  5. Learn that mental wellness is the intersectionality of biological, psychological, and social health.
  6. Increase awareness of alternatives to the medical/clinical model of mental health support
  7. Encourage a growth mindset
  8. Increase SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social-awareness, and relationship skills

Contact Person

Cady
cadyhw@proyouthandfamilies.org

How does this program make a difference?

Reduces stigma of mental health and wellness. Participants become committed to and responsible for their own mental wellness and healing journey so that they are better prepared to guide the healing of others.

What is in it for you?

  1. Connection and healing through conversations
  2. Techniques/skills/tools to manage stress
  3. Mental health and wellness resources (local and national)
  4. Increased confidence to advocate for mental wellness for themselves and for their peers
  5. Alternatives to the medical/clinical model of mental health support

Is there a stipend?

No Stipend is offered at the moment.

Is it an open enrollment program?

N/A

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