Youth Action Committee Applications Open! Deadline January 2 at noon!

November 17, 2018

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is currently recruiting for a Co-Chair and Committee Members for the 2018 group cycle!

About The yac

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a provincial advisory committee, made up of youth aged 16-25 who work to reduce stigma and improve mental health services for children and youth through youth-led policy recommendations. The YAC identifies a major issue youth experiencing mental health difficulties in Ontario are facing and sets out to find out how youth think we can solve these complex issues. Following province wide youth consultations, the YAC works with Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s (CMHO) policy team to generate youth-led policy recommendations. The group works together to deliver findings and recommendations to stakeholders responsible for change.    

About This year’s Project  

In 2018 the YAC released their third youth-led policy paper, From Crisis to Quality, which is aimed directly at service providers to help build a child and youth mental health system in Ontario that is one of quality, continuity, and that meets the needs of all children and youth of diverse backgrounds. In addition to the release of this ground-breaking policy paper, the YAC released policy recommendations for the Ontario Provincial Government.

In 2019, the YAC will continue to work on their project from Crisis to Quality. The focus of the 2019 committee will be to work with service providers and government to implement the youth-led recommendations from the project. As a YAC member, your role will be to help us move the recommendations into implementation. 

To learn more about this project click here

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About The Roles 

Committee Member 

YAC members are expected to attend 3-4 weekend meetings held in Toronto between January-November 2018 (all travel, accommodation, and meal expenses will be covered) and participate in monthly conference calls. YAC Committee members will create a plan to turn the 2018 Crisis to Quality youth-led recommendations into action!  Members are expected to work in a team environment, communicate regularly between meetings, and work individually on assignments and tasks with New Mentality staff.


In addition, the YAC Co-Chairs are responsible for working with New Mentality staff to plan and facilitate meetings. The Co-Chairs may also check-in with committee members between meetings, organize meeting logistics including organizing travel and assist members with travel to and from meetings within Toronto. Co-Chairs will play a significant leadership role in the YAC project management; including overseeing deadlines and planning.

Desired Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Teamwork Conflict resolution
Emotional awareness/holding space Understanding/experience with youth engagement 
Understanding/experience of public policy Project management skills 
Experience on committees or similar projects Capacity to work remotely 
Connection to mental health  Group Facilitation (small groups and/or  larger events)
Harvesting Understanding of Ontario’s provincial government 
Time management Strong self-care strategies 

Application Tips!

  • Read the Crisis to Quality Policy Paper for service providers and Policy Recommendations for government before you complete the application. You can find them here
  • We encourage you to aim to answer each question in about a paragraph. Although your answers don’t need to be very long, this is your chance to tell us about yourself and why you think you are a good candidate for the YAC. 
  • The above list of ‘desired skills, knowledge, and experience’ is just a list of things we are looking for in YAC members. We are not expecting any one person to have each one of these skills so on your application try to highlight in your answers the things on this list that you are strong in. And if there is something that you’re really good at that’s not on this list, let us know on your application! 
  • Don’t try to fit into a box of what you think we’re looking for, just be yourself! The YAC is made up of youth from across the province with a variety of different background, skills, and life experience, so it’s important on your application to be true to yourself.
  • Review the questions before you enter the online application. To view a PDF of the application click here.

APPLICATIONS DUE Wednesday, JANUARY 2, 2019 at noon

If completing this written application is a barrier to you applying in any way let us know! You can email at and we’ll make other arrangements for you to apply. 

If you have a question about the application, please feel free to contact us at