How do Jack Talks work?
The Jack Talks program uses peer-to-peer outreach to teach young people across Canada that we all have mental health and we all need to care for it. Young, trained volunteer speakers share tools, tips, and stories alongside a professionally developed curriculum that helps audiences understand important mental health basics and inspires them to take action. Speakers present wherever youth may gather including high schools, colleges, universities, community centres, and summer camps. By delivering vital information to young audiences, you will help make an otherwise uncomfortable conversation comfortable.
How do I become a speaker?
You must first complete our speaker certification program. This rigorous, online training program has been designed for passionate mental health advocates with all levels of speaking experience and widely varying backgrounds. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a “stage ready” Jack Talks Speaker. Upon successful completion, you will be added to our active speaker list and matched to talks that come up in your area throughout the year. We provide ongoing coordination, coaching, and logistical support to ensure your talks have a big impact!
The application consists of three components - your contact info, some questions about yourself, and a 2-3 minute video submission. Once your application is started, you can always save and return to it later. With respect to your video submission, don't worry too much about making it perfect - the training program is designed to help you improve your speaking skills (however developed they may be). We'd like to see what you are bringing to the table to start, but we aren't demanding perfection or fancy video-editing. Be yourself and have fun with it!
Applications will always stay open online but will only be considered on a rolling basis in line with available spots remaining in the program. So get those applications in right away to secure your spot!
Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of this incredibly impactful program. We look forward to your application and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.