Become a Jack Talks Speaker
Change lives + gain skills.
Jack Talks put you at the centre of the mental health revolution, giving you the chance to educate and inspire young people in your community and make change across the country.
When it comes to mental health, young people are most likely to listen to someone of a similar age - that's you! As a Jack Talks Speaker, you’ll travel to schools and youth-centric communities to deliver engaging mental health presentations that young people will actually listen to. You'll have the opportunity - and the ability - to help lead the mental health movement by teaching young people that we all have mental health and how they can support each other and themselves.
Jack.org's staff have developed the talk in collaboration with young leaders, and it's always delivered by two certified speakers. We'll train you to safely share personal stories, captivate an audience, and spark a revolution.
In the past year alone, 120 trained speakers delivered over 440 talks in every region of Canada. Join #OurMovement. There’s work to do.
What do you gain as a Jack Talks speaker?
- Mental health knowledge
- Public speaking and communication skills
- The ability to captivate and motivate an audience
- The coaching, marketing, coordinating, and logistical support of the Jack Talks Team
- The opportunity to travel to other communities
- The favourable likelihood of being able to attend National Jack Summit
- The platform to spark and lead the mental health movement
Who can apply to become a Jack Talks Speaker?
Speakers must be 18 or older. We say 26 years old is the ceiling, but TBH, that's a loose restriction. As long as you’re able to relate to young people on a peer-to-peer level, we encourage you to apply.
What do young people get out of Jack Talks?
- An understanding of what mental health is and why it's so important
- Ways to identify if they or someone they know may be struggling
- Tools to use in being there for someone who is struggling
- Knowledge of how to connect to a variety of local and national mental health supports
- Methods of practicing self awareness and self care to build mental health resilience
- Inspiring calls to get involved and take action
"I cannot fully express how grateful I am to be a part of this organization and being given the opportunity to take part in Jack Talks. Every single time I do a talk it helps me. I love the message we are sending to youth and just as much as I see value in doing the talks for them it truly is like having a conversation with myself that I so rarely make time for. It helps me remind myself to be ok with what I am going through and I cannot thank you all enough for that." - Bryan David Williams, McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
"It's been absolutely incredible connecting with like-minded youth from coast to coast to coast. I felt so prepared and supported every step of the way!" - New Brunswick Speaker
"There is no better feeling than sharing my knowledge and experience with other students and seeing it connect. I haven't been a Jack Talk Speaker for long, however I am so grateful for all of my talks thus far and the wonderful co speakers I have met. Super fire!" - British Columbia Speaker