Join Addictions and Mental Health
Youth Advisory Board!

 

 

Are you a young person passionate about improving mental health across India? Interested in gaining professional experience, research skills, and career guidance? Then apply to join Sangath’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB)!

This is a paid opportunity!

Deadline: 14th July 2021

 

 

Sangath is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation committed to improving health and wellbeing across the life span by empowering existing community resources. We work on many projects to improve the mental health of young people, but we believe that it’s critical to involve youth as partners at every step of these projects. That’s why we’ve started the YAB, to gain your essential experiences, ideas, and skills to improve youth public mental health.

 

The YAB is a great opportunity to turn your energy and expertise as a young person into meaningful research and change that will improve the lives of youth across India. Youth Advisors will be involved as equal collaborators on our research. You’ll review research, educational, and public health materials so we can make changes based on your feedback. You’ll also help us engage broad groups of young people through your schools, social media, and communities.

 

Am I eligible to apply?

You’re eligible to apply if you:

 

  • Are 14-24 years

  • Live in India

  • Know English, Hindi, or both

  • No background in mental health is needed to apply!

Candidates will first fill out a short application form, which is due by the 14th of July. The application form is available in English (link) or in Hindi (link).


Several candidates will be selected for an interview with Sangath staff, and final decisions will be made based on the application and interview.

 

What will I do?

Youth Advisors will have a total commitment of 2-3 hours per week (though this may vary based on current projects). Your job would include the following:

  • Meet (virtually) once a month

  • Engage your communities in Sangath’s projects

  • Review research materials, like questionnaires and survey websites

  • Help us collect data

  • Promote our work in your community

  • Share Sangath’s efforts, such as by organising mental health sessions

  • Maintain a progress report of your duties

 

Why is this important?

At Sangath, we want to make sure that young people’s views are central to our research and community activities. We believe that we can’t create effective programmes without input from the people that those programmes are designed for. Some specific ways that your work as a Youth Advisor will be important include:

  • You might point out research issues and questions that we, as researchers, might have missed.

  • You can help make sure research tools (e.g. questionnaires, interview schedules, leaflets, reports etc) are worded in a way that makes sense.

  • You can offer a different perspective on what questions we should ask research participants. 

  • You can help us reach a larger number of communities to deliver our programmes.

  • Researchers will improve their understanding of youth issues by working with young people like you. 

 

How will I benefit?

There are many ways that being a Youth Advisor would benefit you, including:

  • Participating in research lets you be actively involved in issues affecting your own and your peers’ lives. 

  • This is a meaningful opportunity to contribute to and serve your community. 

  • You’ll gain recognition for your contribution, including payment!

  • You’ll gain research skills, and you might also increase your confidence, self-esteem, and ability to change in the world around you.

  • You’ll learn how a non-for-profit operates and work alongside mental health researchers to facilitate sessions and programmes at your institution.

  • You’ll be with a passionate and fun set of peers and adults at Sangath! Your supervisors and mentors can also help with career guidance and ongoing thesis or research work.

  • You can have the opportunity to speak at and/or attend Sangath events and training sessions.

  • This experience will be valuable on your CV for future employment. You’ll also receive a certificate for participating.


So… what are you still waiting for? Click here to fill out the brief application form in English or Hindi! The form is due by 11:59 pm on the 14th of July.