Jared's Fund Youth Fellowship

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The Jared’s Youth Fund Fellowship (JFYF) seeks to help end the stigma associated with mental illness by developing youth leadership, building awareness, and promoting  advocacy and dialogue. 

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JFYF will provide a paid summer fellowship to selected  Montclair High School (MHS) students and recent alumni to pursue an initiative of their own design related to adolescent mental health.  JFYF has a special interest in those projects that help further knowledge, efforts, or programs that combat stigma.

Who do we fund?

Jared's Fund will fund MHS students or recent alumni (typically those who graduated in the past four years).  Applicants can apply as individuals or as part of small (max 3 person) team.  All finalists will go through an interview and are asked to identify an adult supervisor who can provide support and guidance.

The Fellowship

This program starts with the premise that young people have immense insight and talents that are pivotal to ending the stigma associated with mental illness.  We encourage projects that speak to a passion that a young person has, and emphasize that unconventional approaches have historically helped change the world.  The proposed work should focus on mental illness or mental health issues that affect young people.  Projects can be artistic, involve independent research, focus on program creation and implementation, or include work at an advocacy group (or a mix of all of these! or more). Projects can be undertaken independently or done in conjunction with local nonprofits. The fellowship will provide students a stipend of $2,500 to cover a 6 week period during the summer, with potential for additional funding if more time is required.


  • Each applicant should identify a supervisor who would be available over the summer to help support the project. This could be a faculty or staff member at MHS, someone from a local non-profit, or another professional with experience and expertise related to the project.  


  • The fellowship includes a seminar with leaders in the field of mental health, where recipients can gather information, network, and exchange ideas. In addition, we anticipate that there are national networks that the fellows could be connected to as well as leadership training for those in the fellowship cohort.


Encouragement for Everyone to Apply

This program is intended for anyone in our community who holds a spark of an idea about trying to combat stigma and silence around mental illness.    The fellowship does not expect or require specialized expertise or academic background in mental health but instead is intended to cast a wide net for committed young people who wish to make a difference. Academic performance is not a strong factor in our decision-making process. We encourage those who have personal experience with mental health issues to apply.  We also actively seek young people of all races, ethnicities, and gender identities to participate, noting that it is particularly important to support communities who don’t have adequate access to resources and help.  

How to Apply

The application is available by clicking on the "apply here" tab at the top of this page and  should be completed on-line.  We have extended the deadline by a week so It must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019.  Finalist interviews are expected to be conducted during the week of May 20 and the announcement of who is awarded the Fellowship will be made no later than June 3rd.  Additional details about the fellowship, the application process, and how to proceed are available as part of the application material.   Information sessions about the fellowship will be held the week before the deadline.