- Community Members
Youth Ambassador Program
If you’re tired of the silence surrounding mental illness, then join our network! YTP’s Youth Ambassadors are the glue to our movement and ARE the change. As an Ambassador, you’ll engage with schools and communities with a host of different outreach activities, and meet like-minded young people from all around the globe!
Yellow tulips are a sign of hope. When communities come together, plant a garden, get their hands dirty, and talk about mental illness, hope blooms.
HOW TO CREATE A HOPE GARDEN
- Order Yellow Tulip bulbs in the summer.
- Identify a location for your Hope Garden.
- Select a planting date in the fall: Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 5-9), or World Mental Health Day (Oct 10).
- Gather a community to plant the garden.
- Provide a place for posting/gathering hopeful messages.
- Plant the bulbs together.
- Gather for speeches, memories and/or wishes of hope
- Take photos and videos of your Hope Garden and share with the community
Plan a Hope Day in your school or community
“I Am More: Facing Stigma” Photo Exhibit
This powerful black-and-white photography exhibit aims to erase the stigma that surrounds mental illness by expanding our perceptions and challenging expectations of what mental illness “looks like”. We’re taking stigma by storm by sharing our stories, organizing community conversations, and traveling our exhibit.
THE STORY BEHIND THE EXHIBIT
We’re taking stigma by storm by sharing our stories, organizing community conversations, and traveling our exhibit. The courageous models in this exhibit are more than their depression, their anxiety, their eating disorder, their post-traumatic stress disorder, or being a suicide survivor. They are musicians, artists, nature lovers, parents, and friends; and they are all Facing Stigma.
Our exhibit consists of two traveling exhibits and a digital version accompanied by interactive teaching curricula designed for school or community conversations.
BRING THIS EXHIBIT TO YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY
Storytelling Alchemy Course + Speaker’s Bureau
We are firm believers that talking about mental illness begins to normalize the conversation and we’re happy to come to your school or community to share our stories. YTP speakers will present their stories with a trained mental health facilitator in an engaging and safe way.
We’re speaking up and out at conferences, schools, community events, Tedx talks, Youth Tedx talks, Pecha Kucha. We want people to know there is help and hope out there and that no one should be alone or ashamed.
THE STORYTELLING ALCHEMY COURSE
We are training YTP Youth Ambassadors how to share their stories in YTP’s Storytelling Alchemy course.
Storytelling Alchemy strives to transform the difficult experiences from your life into a source of strength and inspiration for you, and for others. This course is a 4 week sprint course and based on your feedback we designed it with two components:
1. Live Zoom video calls
2. Pre-recorded classes on Udemy
The content is very simple and straightforward and the time commitment for this would be around 1-2 hours a week, with a couple of days being a little more time intense.
In this course you will be guided to:
• Skillfully navigate the stories you tell yourself about yourself
• Learn and utilize the Storytelling Alchemy framework to create and deliver your most powerful stories
• Join a community of care, commitment, and mutual empowerment
• Practice and master the delivery of your transformative stories
• Become more embodied and empowered as you share your stories
• Graduate from Storytelling Alchemy as a peer mentor to future course students
Across the Globe: Cross-Cultural Conversations on Mental Health
Mental health is a global issue and we want to explore this topic across the globe. Cultural exchanges have been strengthening our understanding of the human condition for centuries– we have so much to learn from each other and we know that there is power in numbers.
Across the Globe: Cross-Cultural Conversations on Mental Health is a safe place to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health across cultures. Together, we can learn from our various differences and experiences and deconstruct the stigma surrounding mental health through conversation. How is mental health addressed in your country? What are your strategies for self or community-care?
Want to Join in The Conversation? We are looking for youth-led groups from around the world to collaborate and provide spaces for conversations about mental health and stigma across cultural differences. If you’re interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature-Based Arts Programming
A daily creative practice based on the life cycle of a yellow tulip is a way for people of all ages to connect with their natural surroundings, senses and themselves.
CREATING A DAILY PRACTICE
Our new nature-based arts programming was inspired by the thousands of yellow tulip bulbs that are planted each year across the US and world. by people of all ages in schools and communities. A daily creative practice based on the life cycle of a yellow tulip is a way for people of all ages to connect with their natural surroundings, senses and themselves. Everyone has access to nature. Taking two minutes or ten minutes to quietly sit, observe and reflect creates an opportunity to be in the “here and now”. Engaging in a daily creative practice also develops self-awareness, promotes positivity and fosters hope.