The Mental Health Initiative, Inc. has Launched a New Initiative and We Need Your Help!
The Long Live Life Youth Initiative’s integrative and multidisciplinary program curriculum provides youth with opportunities to change societal and community environments, relationships, and empower themselves. The youth program, currently located in Metro-Nashville Public Schools, highlights the value of youth lives to reduce factors which may potentially put them at risk for violent behavior or victimization of violence.
The program's nine-week sessions are centered around the curriculum’s "6 Core Areas:" 1.) Self-Awareness, 2.) Dignity and Worth of a Person, 3.) Self-Love, 4.) Self-Fulfillment/Self-Actualization, 5.) Integrity, and 6.) Importance of Human Relationships.
The Long Live Life Youth Initiative program’s curriculum is designed to:
- Promote and provide positive, productive, and empowering activities
- Cognitively reconstruct distorted perspectives, beliefs, and at-risk behaviors
- Identify purposes and passions by developing a life plan
- Safely implement creative therapeutic techniques
- Develop new skills & increase engagement with approaches such as yoga, meditation, art, music, etc.
- Desire/ability to work with middle school and high school aged students
- Sensitivity to challenges faced by students
- Dependability and a strong sense of commitment
- Ability to maintain patient, non-judgmental attitude
- Mentoring and communication techniques; confidentiality requirements
- Facilitate a flexible curriculum (template and lessons will be provided) that is developmentally appropriate and engaging for youth
- Ensure that the 6 core areas of the Long Live Life Youth Program are included in the curriculum (Personal Responsibility, Community as Family, Respect, and Effective Communication)
- Facilitate program on designated days from 10:45am-12:15pm (includes set-up time) at the assigned school
Each class provided at the Long Live Life Youth Program must incorporate:
- Limited lecture - meaningful, short portions of information
- Repetition, consistency, follow through
- Each day what will our youth leave with?
- Emphasis on process rather than product
- Keeping the idea of it being interesting, fun and enjoyable while learning
- Circle time and/or meditation at beginning and end
This volunteer facilitator position requires preferred skills: Experience with youth programs, community programs, mentoring, teaching, lesson/program development and delivery is a must. This volunteer must also possess the following skills:
- An Engaging Personality and Teaching Style
- Ability to think on your feet
- Strong Classroom Management Skills
- High Expectations for our youth
- Passion for youth and teaching
- Ability to build a rapport with students
For more information, please contact Jonathan Adair at johnbadair@mentalhealthTN.org or email info@mentalhealthTN.org
- Child Development
- Teaching / Instruction
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
- Case Work / Management
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- A minimum of 1 day a week for 9 weeks
- A passion for youth!