In Search of Teens Making a Difference in Mental Health

Are you between the ages of 12 and 18 and passionate about mental health?
Do you identify as a member of a marginalized community?
Do you believe that everyone deserves #OptimalMentalHealth and want to work to make that a reality?
Are you creative and energetic, with a desire to get the message of mental wellness to your peers?

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If this sounds like you, then the AAKOMA Project needs you! The AAKOMA Project in an innovative nonprofit dedicated to helping diverse teenagers, young adults, and their families achieve optimal mental health through dialogue, learning, and the understanding that everyone deserves care and support. Much of the work of AAKOMA centers around reducing the stigma around mental health care. Since this stigma often begins early, AAKOMA works with teenagers and families to raise awareness, conduct patient-centered research, and encourage young people to begin conversations in their families. AAKOMA brings a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color.

And this is where YOU can help!

Since our inception, AAKOMA has built and maintained relationships with intersectional BIPOC (including youth who are LGBTQ and Disabled) youth advisors. They’ve helped us lead virtual summer mindfulness meditations sessions, interviewed teen mental health advocates on our social media channels, assisted with our research findings, and helped disseminate our research findings to their peers. We are expanding our team, rebranded as Team AAKOMA, and are looking for the next group of passionate intersectional BIPOC teens to help guide our program, thus enabling us to ensure that the messages we convey and the treatments we propose resonate deeply with all young people.

Does this sound like how you can envision making a difference? Ready to learn more? If so,

Application Open Date:
October 10, 2021

Application Close Date:
December 31, 2021

Number of teens needed:

Register here for Virtual Therapy (for young people)

If you are in crisis and need immediate support or intervention, call the mental/behavioral health crisis line of your county behavioral health officeTrained crisis workers are generally available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  If the situation is potentially life threatening, please go directly to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are a teen or young adult in need of mental health support, register here for up to 5 FREE virtual sessions.

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