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The Fellowship provides funding for six-week period over the summer. The proposed work should focus on mental illness or mental health issues, especially those that affect young people.

Fellowship can involve either (1) work with non-profits who are involved with mental health issues in the greater Montclair/New York City area or (2) youth-created or identified projects that deal with mental illness.

* Youth created projects can be artistic, involve independent research, focus on program creation and implementation, or include work at an advocacy group. They can be done independently or as part of a team of up to three people. We believe in the power of creative thinking so think BIG!

* We have a list of organizations interested in hosting an intern, although applicants can also identify organizations on their own. Applicants who wish to be interns will be, if selected, matched with one of their top three choices. 


The Fellowship includes a weekly Speaker Series with leaders in the field of mental health. This will give the recipients the ability to gather information, network, and exchange ideas with professionals in the field and also the opportunity to connect with the fellowship cohort. We will also connect Fellows with national networks, leadership training, and the former Jared’s Fund Youth Fellows.


Each applicant and should identify a mentor who would be available over the summer to help support the project in their application. This could be a professor, faculty or staff member at MHS, someone from a local nonprofit, or another professional with experience and expertise related to the project. Selected applicants will also be asked to interview with members of the Jared’s Fund Board of Directors.

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