Job Posting 58243

Headstrong Youth Mentor
Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton Region
Edmonton area, Edmonton
closed 89 days ago (Sat, 30 Nov 2019)
part time  •  $20.00/hour


HEADSTRONG Youth Mentor Position

Do you have a passion for mental health and youth leadership? The Mental Health Commission of Canada is looking for part-time youth mentors across Alberta to join its HEADSTRONG team!


The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness. The Commission is seen as a leader nationally and internationally in several areas.


A program of the Commission, HEADSTRONG is the only evidence-based youth leadership program focused on mental health and stigma reduction in Canada. Created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), HEADSTRONG is a national initiative that inspires youth ages 12-18 to Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up about mental health. As you a youth mentor, you will help empower junior high and high school student leaders to challenge attitudes and break the cycle of mental illness stigma.


For More information about HEADSTRONG, please visit


Position Overview

Youth mentors work with the Provincial HEADSTRONG Coordinator to support student activities in HEADSTRONG Partner schools by supporting student leaders to organize awareness activities and campaigns.

Ideal candidates are post-secondary students with a demonstrated interest and track record in student leadership as well as mental health. They should possess strong facilitation skills and would help develop the leadership capacity of HEADSTRONG students. Successful candidates are enthusiastic, have strong interpersonal skills and are passionate about helping others. They are committed to helping students make difference in their community and become mental health champions

Responsibilities and Duties

(include, but not limited to)

  • Cultivate relationships and support the development of HEADSTRONG clubs within a designated area or region.
    • This includes facilitating and supporting student-led mental health awareness activities and campaigns.
    • Under the supervision of the Provincial HEADSTRONG Coordinator, the youth mentor will reach out to students and school administrators within their designated region to support the formation of HEADSTRONG student clubs at schools.
    • Provide coaching and mentoring to students who wish to lead or develop various mental health awareness activities at their school.
  • Support students within schools to develop their leadership capacity and skills.
  • Contribute to HEADSTRONG’s overall strategy of youth engagement in schools.
  • Help develop materials for the training and mentoring of HEADSTRONG youth leaders within schools.
  • Provide regular updates and reporting to the Provincial HEADSTRONG Coordinator and to the initiative.
  • Support HEADSTRONG Clubs to appropriately curate and manage their social media pages.
  • Provide regular social media content to the HEADSTRONG Initiative.
  • Under the supervision of the Provincial HEADSTRONG Coordinator or a school administrator, support HEADSTRONG clubs to cultivate and develop relationships with community stakeholders during the implementation of an awareness campaign or activity.
  • Whenever necessary, assist with the organization of a HEADSTRONG Youth Summit within a school or region.
  • Support the evaluation of HEADSTRONG school-based activities through the collection of information and data as directed by the HEADSTRONG initiative.
  • Keep appropriate records of school activities as directed by the HEADSTRONG initiative.
  • Assist with the Provincial HEADSTRONG Youth Summits and other regional youth summits when necessary



  • Some post-secondary education is an asset
  • Good knowledge of social media platforms and computer programs and systems.
  • Previous involvement with student leadership activities (e.g. student council, involvement in school clubs, volunteer work etc.)
  • Strong work ethic, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of youth in a respectful, non-judgemental manner.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, individually and with minimal supervision.
  • Experience with mental health promotion is an asset.
  • Flexibility to work during a school day.
  • Access to a vehicle an asset

Time Commitment and Renumeration

  • Part-Time, Contract
  • Up to 8 hours per week
  • $20.00/hour

Please send resume and cover letter to Nathan Ip, Provincial Coordinator, HEADSTRONG Initiative – N

Posting will remain open until suitable candidates have been found.



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