What is the yaC?

TSF is a youth-centred organization. Following the direction set by youth in our community, our organization partners with mental health professionals and community organizations to affect meaningful change in Huron-Perth.

Why join?

What you do:
– Attend bi-weekly meetings in the evenings
– As able, volunteering at events
– Content creation for Instagram and TikTok

What you get:
– Volunteer Hours
– Honorarium
– Resume building and reference
– Events and more!

 

Guiding Principles

Nothing About Us, Without Us

Support youth in participatory leadership from the axiom of “Nothing about us, without us”

Community Oriented

Build a sense of community with authentic, brave, inclusive and equitable relationships.

Honour Youth Voice

Value youth as active and skilled contributors to their wellness and valuable partners in mental health promotion.

Transformation

Strive for health equity and remove barriers that prevent access to mental health and substance use care.

Anti-oppressive Framework

Develop anti-oppressive practices that encourage diversity and prioritize the needs and strengths of marginalized groups in service provisions.

Youth-Led

Advise the TSF on the ongoing mandates, communication and proposed services.

Who we are looking for

The Tanner Steffler Foundation is looking for 12 – 24 year old youth in Huron and Perth Counties to join the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC is inclusive to all youth who reside in Huron and Perth Counties with intersecting identities. There are members of the council who have lived experience and/or are obtaining education in mental health and addiction, furthermore, all of the members are passionate about being mental health and addictions advocates by advising TSF’s work in transforming youth mental health and addiction services in Huron and Perth Counties.

Meet our youth!

Alison!

I am a second year student at the University of Guelph! I am going through for Criminal Justice and Public Policy. I have a passion for mental health and advocacy because I want to create change around the way people view mental health. Everybody struggles but nobody can do it alone and that’s why I am so happy to be on this council! This council listens to the youth and will advocate for them so that nobody feels alone in their struggles.

Lucy!

I am from Seaforth and go to St. Anne’s! I participate a lot in the music program and I also love the outdoors! I chose to be a part of the YAC because my own mental health journey has pushed me to be invested in helping others and breaking the stigma around mental health in general!

Julia!

I was born and raised in Huron County and am now studying journalism because I love to read and write, and am very interested in current events and activism. I chose to be a part of the YAC because I have helped to organize fundraisers for TSF in the past and wanted to continue to stay involved in this amazing organization. They do great work in the community and I am proud to be a part of it. 

Becky!

I am currently in my Masters of Counselling Psychology and working at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health on the Farmers Well-being project. I joined TSF because of my innate desire to help others. I recognize the need to voice the importance of empowering youth, to help them understand the services available and to contribute in any way that I can to improve the well-being of the youth in our community. 

Sam!

Born and raised in Dublin, Ontario. I am a huge mental health advocate, and believe the more we raise awareness surrounding mental illnesses and addictions, the more people will be less afraid to reach out for help, which is what helped me in the first place to reach out. I know that with TSF, I can help raise that awareness on a bigger scale!

Charlee!

I am involved in the YAC because I love meeting people with similar interests and idea as me! I also joined to gain more knowledge about my community and where it can improve. 

Brett!

I’m from Listowel and I go to LDSS and am going into my 5th year. I chose to be part of the YAC because mental health is an important issues not just to me but to the world and I also want to spread mental health awareness. 

Rachel!

I’m 20 years old, I’m in the 3rd year of University at Kinds University College taking disability studies and recently joined the YAC. I enjoy playing ringette and being outside. I joined the YAC to meet new people and make a difference through volunteering. 

Lee!

I’m Lian, but go by the nickname Lee! I was born in China, and am super passionate about anti-racism. I am joining the YAC with the hopes to educate on discrimination and the damage it does on youth/communities.

Charlotte!

I am currently attending Fanshawe College for my Music Industry Arts diploma! I chose to join YAC because as someone who struggles with mental illness, and having seen firsthand what it does, I am super passionate about breaking the stigma and helping those who are struggling. I want people to know how to get help, that it’s okay to not be okay, and I want to spread awareness about the subject.

Deidre

I am currently in Teacher’s College hoping to teach math and general science. I joined the YAC to help make a positive difference in my community and to those around me. 

Leah!

I have decided to continue being a part of the YAC because I feel that TSF does very important work. I hpoe to help break the stigma around mental health in Huron and Perth Counties.

Taylor!

I’m 23 and currently working in poultry farming. I chose to be part of the YAC so I can use my hardships and experience growing up in rural Huron County to make it a better, more supportive place for others.