CSLP Application - 2017

The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP) is a 4-month internship program for high school youth that starts at the end of February. This program will provide teens with a supportive space to explore their own identities, learn skills to serve as health advocates, and create a documentary film about mental health in their community.

The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP) is one of TRC’s flagship programs that aims to provide teens with the opportunity to serve the Lower Manhattan community through three components: (1) internship at a community organization, (2) participation in TRC workshop discussions and trainings, and (3) the planning and launching of a final group project. Through these three components, CSLP interns gain immense growth (both personal and professional) and become fierce leaders and community health advocates.
This will be the program’s 10th year running. As such, this year’s project is special: CSLP will be partnering with Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) to create a documentary film about mental health in *your* community.

The documentary will be filmed and produced in conjunction with supplemental trainings centered on issues of mental health. Interns will improve their mental health literacy, articulate a vision for reforming local mental health systems, reduce stigma in their community, and learn strategic communications tools for effective advocacy.

The documentary will be screened in a Final Event that will open dialogue between mental health professionals who work with youth, youth workers, and of course, the youth in the community.

*No filmmaking experience necessary!*

-- Increased knowledge about mental health through discussion and facilitated activities (topics will include: common mental health disorders, reducing stigma, understanding risk factors within marginalized communities, healthy and unhealthy relationships, intergenerational trauma, and navigating resources)

-- Access to mentorship from DCTV’s industry professionals and the facility’s state-of-the-industry digital production equipment

-- Access to mentorship from TRC’s health educators

-- A peer support system built on intentions of courage, encouragement, and non-judgment

-- Personalized recommendation letters for colleges, programs, and scholarships

-- A final community health advocacy project that can easily be showcased to future employers, admission officers, and programs

This is a highly intensive program with incredible rewards, and in order for you to reap these benefits, we ask for a high level of commitment.

From March to June, interns MUST be able to commit Tuesdays (4 – 6 pm), Thursdays (4 – 6 pm), and ONE weekend day per two weeks (12 – 2 pm) to the program. Tuesdays/Thursdays will be spent at DCTV working on the documentary. Saturdays will be spent at TRC engaging in a workshop on a mental health topic.

1. Read this page thoroughly for the description of the internship.

2. Complete the following application (in English), which contains:
-- SECTION 1: Basic information (should take 5-10 minutes)
-- SECTION 2: Personal Statements - 3 short answer questions (should take *at least* 30 minutes). If you prefer to email the short answers in a separate document, please fill out the rest of the form and send your short answer essays to syun@cbwchc.org.
-- SECTION 3: Agreement & Consent (should take 2 minutes)

3. Submit the application by: *Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by 11:59 PM*

4. Application must be completed in full at the time of submission. Qualified applicants will be called or e-mailed for an in-person group and individual interview. Timeliness for submission of application is valued.

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