Youth Ambassador Program

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Seize the Awkward, a campaign in partnership with the Ad Council and The Jed Foundation (JED), is aimed at empowering teens and young adults
to talk about mental health. Today, it launches a new Coronavirus page designed to provide young people with informative and creative ways to stay connected during this uncertain time.

In conjunction with the new webpage, Seize the Awkward has developed a new suite of social graphics and GIFs to encourage connection and conversations about mental health, providing fun and easy ways to do so. We hope these resources encourage young people to check in with their friends during this difficult time, as well as provide guidance in managing their own emotional well-being.

For further information, head to Seize the Awkward’s new Coronavirus page – and be sure to check back in, as more resources, graphics, GIFs and videos will be added throughout the month! Learn more

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What is the Youth Ambassador Program?
What do the Youth Ambassadors Do?
Who are the Youth Ambassadors?

Check Out this YAP Fact Sheet!

The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is a youth-centered, youth-driven program operating in Beaver County schools that promotes awareness of current issues that youth face today. The goals of the program are:

  • To increase awareness of mental health and wellness.
  • To decrease stigma associated with mental illness.
  • To promote leadership and self-advocacy among youth.
  • To build relationships with other youth in their districts and across the county.

What do the Youth Ambassadors Do?

  • Participate in countywide events to learn about mental health, wellness activities, and available services.
  • Participate in club activities at their school to spread the information to other youth, family members, and the community and to address relevant issues in their district.
  • Promote the YAP through social media, posters, videos and other platforms.
  • Represent the program by being “change agents” that teach others about YAP at national conferences.
  • Help change the culture of understanding and acceptance of mental health and related issues.

Who are the Youth Ambassadors?

YAP is a diverse group representing both males and females, several racial and ethnic backgrounds, various sexual orientations, and those with and without knowledge or experience with mental illness. Any youth who resides in Beaver County from 8th through 12th grade is eligible to participate by contacting their district representatives. Youth are currently active in all Beaver County districts as well as some private, parochial, cyber, and alternative schools.

Additional Resources for Late Teen / Transition-Age Youth

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for children and young adults between 5-24 years old. Often this age group lacks the tools and skills to manage mental health issues and ask for help.

Watch Ariel Blackwood’s story here: https://www.relias.com/resource/adolescent-suicide-and-depression-ariels-story

ACT-SO

Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics

Learn about ACT-SO, a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

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