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Job Posting: Summer Intern
Hourly Wage Rate: $11.25/hour
Start Date: June 13, 2016
End Date: August 12, 2014
Number of Hours per Week: 30


Apply for this job if you’re a student between the ages of 15-30 who just finished one year of school and preparing for another year (this is a requirement of the funding for this position). The ideal candidate is interested and/or experienced in youth work, has great graphic design skills, and loves community mobilization and facilitating groups.
Because this role is within Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s New Mentality Program, you are excited to learn more about and contribute to strengthening mental health services for youth across Ontario.
Perhaps you know first-hand how to recover from a mental health problem like depression and that makes you passionate about this cause. Perhaps you are a visible minority or a person living with a disability and it is from this perspective that you have a passion for empowering youth to make a positive difference in their communities. All of this passion and interest is equally combined with an ability to organize and follow step-by-step plans towards your goal.


The Summer Intern will work with the New Mentality team out of our Toronto office to help us convene two of our signature Disable the Label retreats, which bring together over 50 youth, staff and allies for four days in July. These events, held at the YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia, will bring together leaders from across Ontario who are making a difference in the lives of children and youth with mental illness. The Intern will support the designing, planning, delivery and reporting of the events. Specifically:

  • Promote training on website and social media
  • Design on-site training materials, including agenda, program, and resources
  • Provide on-site support to facilitation team, with opportunities to lead workshop sessions
  • Coordinate digital media during event, including live tweeting, facebook posts, and photography
  • Take notes during workshops and compile other workshop session materials
  • Develop written report post-event, compile photos and artwork, develop online resources
  • Other related tasks as required


  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, WordPress, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong writing skills and experience with various types of writing
  • Ability to connect with people quickly – an excellent listener
  • Ability to synthesize information and communicate messages in a creative and engaging manner
  • Social media enthusiast and expert, skilled at making creative use of different channels

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and a sample of something you have designed to Mary-Anne Leahy, Network Coordinator, The New Mentality: mary-anne@thenewmentality.ca.
Application deadline: Noon, June 6, 2016.
Interviews will take place June 8-10.

The New Mentality is committed to equity in our policies, practices, and programs. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from people who identify as Indigenous (Métis, First Nation, Inuit, on/off reserve), a person of colour, LGTBQQ2, living with a disability, or a religious minority.

TNM Releases DTL2016 Pictures and Video!

In July 2016, for the first time ever, The New Mentality hosted two Disable the Label summer leadership retreats for over 100 youth and adult allies across Ontario. Over four days at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia, youth and adult allies gathered together to learn skills, share about their local work, and build connections with each other. It was an amazing two weeks! Thank you to our amazingly talented photographers Riya Jama and Kimmy Cheung for capturing our experience at DTL2016.

Check out the photos and video below!
Week 1 Photo Album
Week 2 Photo Album
DTL2016 Through Your Eyes Photo Album

What to expect at Disable the Label 2016

Hey Everyone! I hope you are all doing well! I’m Jaydon! As we all know Disable the Label 2016 is coming up very fast and I’m sure most of you are pretty excited, I know I am! As we grow even closer some of you might even grow a bit anxious over this event, which is totally normal. I felt that way too at my very first Disable the Label event back in 2013. So I’m just going to give you all just a little heads up on what to expect at a Disable the Label gathering.

The thing that I love the most about Disable the Label retreat is the people and the environment when you are there! This is my fourth year going and I’ve only met some of these people like five or six times and some of you I’ll meet for the first time in July. But it doesn’t matter because The New Mentality is like a family to me, they are people that I can trust and that I can count on. But most importantly these are people that I can be myself around. The New Mentality and their Disable The Label Retreat have changed my life. And if I was never introduced to this organization I don’t know where I’d be today without the support from this community. Most of the activities and conversations are completely optional. But I highly recommend that you do come and participate, have meaningful conversations, and build new relationships.

What to expect as a whole?

  • Love, Hugs, and Smiles
  • Fun Workshops & Activities
  • Meaningful Conversations
  • Welcoming and Understanding Environment (Safe Space)
  • Amazing People
  • Helpful & Caring Hosting Team
  • Lots of Sharing
  • Beautiful Views such as Nature Trails and even a Beach!

11902499_890787460976439_1844417436565354754_nDay 1

Is focused on basically welcoming each other, we will have time to meet and mingle with old and new friends, checkout the beautiful landscape of Geneva Park, and check into your rooms. New to Disable The Label? No problem! There will be an Opening Circle during the evening where you will receive an outline and find out exactly what you will be doing for the next three days. You will even have some time to meet some new friends after our Opening Circle! Are you a little shy? Again, no worries! There will be plenty of time to socialize with these amazing people over the course of the next three days.

Heads Up

In the past I have noticed that Days 2 & 3 can be intense as well as covering some sensitive topics. So if at any time you’re uncomfortable in a conversation or would like to not participate in an activity that is totally cool! Just let your Adult Ally know so that someone knows you are okay! It’s very important to Self Care when you’re having these type of conversations and dealing with mental health related work. So please don’t feel guilty if you need to take some time for yourself if need be. We totally understand!

11898900_890803820974803_1363558167159819882_nIn the past Day 2

Has been focused on exploring! During the day we will be exploring the emotions within ourselves, learning new ideas to Self-Care, building new relationships, as well as sharing about ourselves! You’ll also get a chance to speak about the work you’ve done in your community! Don’t feel like sharing? Well that’s 100% cool! You also can have the option to sit in and listen to see how other New Mentality Groups are doing. Who knows! Maybe it’ll spark some ideas. To end off the day we’ll have an awesome group camp fire! Which often includes Smores, Singing, and lots of laughs!
Day 3 is focused on learning! Day 3 will cover a variety of interesting areas with mainly teaching people new leadership skills, cool workshops, and other cool things that you can take back with your groups and into your communities when you leave. Some of the activities in the past have included World Cafe, Event Planning, Storytelling, Public Speaking, and other cool activities! To end off our last night together we’ll have a Talent Not Required Show! So it’s pretty much like a Talent Show but better! You can either have talent or not have talent! Everyone is welcome and usually ends with lots of laughs!

897700Day 4

Is the final day we will be together and will be mostly focused on reflection and looking ahead. There will be chance for everyone’s group to showcase and sell their merchandise! The remaining part of the morning will be focused on reflecting what we have learned from our days together and what our next steps are! Also exchanging conversation about how we are going to take this info and apply it to the work we are doing! There will also be time for everyone to say their goodbye’s to everyone before all parting ways. (Note: There will be lots of hugs!)

Disable the Label from what I’ve witnessed and heard has changed the lives of many including my own. It really is beyond an organization. It’s a family and I hope to see more and more of you join this big family. I hope this gives you all a better understanding on what to expect at Disable the Label 2016! I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day and I hope to see you at DTL in July!

One Love,
– Jaydon, DTL 2016 Apprentice
To learn more about the youth experience at Disable the Label click here for Jaydon’s 2015 reflection and here for April’s 2014 reflection! Also feel free to browse our Disable the Label pages for videos, poems, and previous years programs!