Blue Wave Youth Team
Find out about our Youth Team
The Blue Wave Youth Team is a group of 8 young people from across BC aged 14–18. Part of our program involves teaching a mental health skills course to teenagers, and our team is giving their advice on all the course materials to make them relevant for a Canadian youth audience. The course is called Living Life to the Full, and it’s about dealing with the stresses life throws our way. It’s a prevention course for anyone. You can find more information about it at www.llttf.ca
Our team is also sharing what kinds of social media young people enjoy using and how Blue Wave can best use them!
What does the Youth Team do?
- Travel from their homes to our office in downtown Vancouver for meetings with the rest of the team (their travel is paid for by us). We also connect with a small number of team members on Skype if travelling is not possible for them.
- Read through the course materials and give their honest opinions on them. The booklets cover topics such as healthy thinking, problem solving, confidence, self-esteem and dealing with anger. Examples of booklet titles are: ‘Why do I feel so bad?’, ‘Are you strong enough to keep your temper?’ and ’10 things you can do to feel happier straight away.’
- Check out the ways that we are planning to promote the program and tell us if they think we are on the right track.
- Take part in group discussions and are encouraged not to be shy—we are very friendly!
Who is eligible?
All we ask is that team members are willing to come to the meetings, they commit to the duties above, and they will participate in group discussions (there are only 8 people on our team). Since this course is for any teen, they do not need to have experience of a mental health problem to take part, but it’s ok if they have had one in the past or if they currently do.
What’s in it for team members?
- They are helping young people across BC deal better with stress and feel happier, including young people who might be at risk of developing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.
- They get a really good volunteer experience for their resume or for college or university applications.
- They are given $30 each time they attend a meeting as a thank you for volunteering.
- We pay for their meals and travel expenses.
- They meet other young people from across BC
- In reviewing the materials, they pick up a whole bunch of great skills that research shows help people to beat stress and feel happier
- They learn or practice other skills such as participating on a committee, and critical thinking and evaluation
- They are connected to the Canadian Mental Health Association and may hear about other volunteer or paid opportunities
- They get a complete set of final course booklets
I’m interested! Can I still apply?
Our Youth Team is currently full, but you can email [email protected] if you have any questions about the team, or any ideas for our program.