2019 Jared's Fund Youth Fellows
"Before joining Jared's Fund, mental health awareness felt like an afterthought and secretive at MHS. After joining Jared's Fund, setting up the club, spreading awareness about our garden,and keeping students informed of the resources available for them at MHS, we shifted the atmosphere around mental health awareness to a welcoming and positive environment. People were honest, seeking the help of others and forthright in wanting to help Jared's Fund in any way they could!"
Misty Avinger – 2019 Jared's Fund Fellow
"The focus groups I conducted for my Jared's Fund Fellowship aimed to assess how Montclair Youth interact with social media in terms of their mental health, and to explore how they reacted to the @askmontclair Instagram platform."
Ari Westreich – 2019 Jared's Fund Fellow
"My experience as a Fellow is one I will forever be thankful for. The connections and things I learned I will forever hold onto."
Isabel Bauer-Nathan – 2019 Jared's Fund Fellow
"Being a part of Jared's Fund really feels like you are a part of the family. I am so grateful for this opportunity and honestly can say it was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had."
Ava Wigdor – 2019 Jared's Fund Intern
"Mental health felt like a very taboo topic in the high school and reaching out for help often felt like more of a burden than anything for everyone involved. Resources were very inaccessible for the majority of students, and few students were actually informed of the resources available to them within the school. I think the most important impact that Jared's Fund continues to have at the high school is its ability to bring mental health into the conversation. The Jared's Fund Club gave a safe space for students to discuss mental health on a local level and continue the work that our Jared's Fund fellows implemented including the building of our garden and other projects to make mental health more of a focal point at MHS. These resources and projects sparked conversation amongst students on how mental health truly does impact everyone either directly or indirectly, and allowed students from all backgrounds to experiment with creative projects that can help to destigmatize mental health and better our community as a whole."
Marley Pradieu – 2019 Jared's Fund Fellow
"The opportunities to meet and work with new people in the field of mental health were very exciting and experiences that you don't get every day."
Kimoni DePass – 2019 Jared's Fund Fellow
"It was fun to brainstorm ideas and figure out how we wanted to tackle stigma. We had a lot of ideas but seeing the final project was empowering."
Samantha Levine – 2019 Jared's Fund Fellow