SAYMH (South Asian Youth Mental Health) Ambassadors Application
Dear Applicant:

We'd like to thank you for your interest in becoming a South Asian Youth Mental Health (SAYMH) project ambassador in our next phase of the exciting project, in partnership with the local Fijian and Caribbean communities.

SAYMH trainees will participate in a Mental Health Ambassadors retreat on May 8-11, 2020. The retreat will take place  at the Edenvale Retreat & Conference Centre (4330 Bradner Road, Abbotsford). Trainees will gather on the morning of the first day at a meeting location to be announced, and be taken by bus to Edenvale. The retreat will include the Canadian Mental Health Commission's Mental Health First Aid certification course, Fraser Health Authority's overdose response and prevention training, as well as system navigation, wellness, cultural safety, and community engagement workshops with experienced professionals. Trainees will be transported by bus back to the meeting location on the evening of the last day. The retreat includes two overnight stays at Edenvale.

In total, twenty-five applicants will be selected for this first phase of the project. Participants who graduate from the retreat will be making a 6-month commitment to apply their learned skills in community workshops and outreach activities, which will be eligible for volunteer hours recognition.

Requirements for the retreat applicants are as follows. Participants must be:
- Between the ages of 16 and 29.
- Living in British Columbia.
- Available to attend the full retreat from start to end (no exceptions).
- Willing to commit to a part-time (average 8 to 12 hours per month) voluntary Ambassador role with South Asian Mental Health Alliance for six months after the retreat.

The SAYMH project is being supported by the BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.

In order to solidify commitment to the project and help cover a portion of the costs of the training retreat, there will be a subsidized, nominal fee of $50 per trainee for participation. This fee will be collected by e-transfer only from those applicants who have been approved for registration.

Overview of training costs per person (to be covered by the South Asian Mental Health Alliance):
Two-night accommodation at Edenvale, including meals & snacks - $271.30
2-day Mental Health First Aid Certification Course - $100
Roundtrip bus transportation to Edenvale - $40
Other costs of retreat (per person) - $70
Total actual cost of training: $481.30
Subsidized Fee for applicants: $50

The SAYMH project is organized by the South Asian Mental Health Alliance in collaboration with 3E Organization, Canadian Federation of Fiji Organizations, SPARK Foundation, Empower the Future, and other local community partners.  

Application deadline: Wednesday, April 1st
Interviews and screening process: April 1st - 10th
Application decision: April 15th

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