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AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Youth Mental Health Corps

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One in three high school students report persistent feelings of hopelessness, and approximately 122 million people live in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area.

To help address the youth mental health crisis, we are excited to share that we are joining forces with ServeMinnesota, the Schultz Family Foundation, Pinterest and AmeriCorps to recruit, train, and deploy AmeriCorps members to help young people access critical mental health resources while simultaneously creating career opportunities for young adults.  AmeriCorps Promise Fellows will be one of the pilot programs participating in the AmeriCorps Youth Mental Health Corps, launching THIS FALL!
Program Description

Through Minnesota’s Youth Mental Health Corps, you can explore career pathways into behavioral health, all while serving in schools and community organizations to boost Minnesota’s youth mental health strategy.

School-based pathway:

  • Must be 18 – 24 years old to serve
  • Serve in schools and community organizations to support mental health and wellness of youth
  • YMHC activities may include: work with 6th – 12th grade students 1:1 and in small groups to reduce school dropout and improve attendance
  • Manage a caseload of 30 students for a minimum of 12 weeks to provide student-centered support
  • Receive training in areas such as Boundaries and Mandated Reporting, Motivational Interviewing, and Cultural Competency & Cultural Humility
  • Earn certifications such as Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Narcan Administration, and General First Aid and CPR
“We’re proud to be part of this groundbreaking effort on an issue that needs serious attention. We’ve heard from communities across Minnesota that they need more support around mental health, and we’re excited to grow our Recovery Corps and Promise Fellows programs to meet those needs. We look forward to recruiting additional AmeriCorps members to better serve Minnesota’s youth and fuel the pipeline of mental health providers.” – Julia Quanrud, CEO, ServeMinnesota

Bring AmeriCorps to YOUR School

Across Minnesota, more than 100 schools, community organizations, nonprofits and government agencies trust members of the Alliance’s AmeriCorps programs to help them serve young people. AmeriCorps members expand the support and resources you can provide for youth, benefit from diverse and motivated new talent and creativity, and provide cost-effective full-time staff support for the young people you serve.

Watch: A conversation on America’s youth mental health crisis

On May 16th in Washington, D.C., Axios hosted an event looking at the root causes of and solutions to America’s youth mental health crisis, featuring conversations with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) & NAMI chief advocacy officer Hannah Wesolowski.