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Youth Fellowship 2022

MannMukti’s Youth Fellowship is a 6 month, virtual, volunteer, part-time opportunity (starting in Summer 2021) for high school students to get involved in mental health advocacy. It is open to any student (ages 13 – 18) from the South Asian diaspora.

Apply by April 4, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST!


Throughout this fellowship, we hope to:

  • Normalize mental health and mental wellbeing discourse

  • Create a safe space for youth to explore identity-oriented conversations

  • Provide access to resources to combat stigma around mental health as well as marginalized identities

  • Connect you to a community that supports vulnerable conversations

  • Provide an opportunity to engage in hands-on advocacy

About the Fellowship

The program has two components:

  1. 14 weeks of Educational Curriculum centered on the mental health needs within the South Asian diaspora
  2. 10 weeks of a Capstone Accelerator where students have the opportunity to build their own advocacy projects

Educational Curriculum

The Education Curriculum is a 14-week program structured in a weekly 1-hour lecture and 2-hour discussion format. The content centers on the mental health needs within the South Asian diaspora. These lectures and discussions will be led by an incredible selection of speakers, educators and advocates from several notable advocacy and community organizations.

During these 14 weeks, you’ll have an opportunity to learn and discuss the following:

  • An introduction to the mind-body perspective of mental health
  • A deep-dive into positive psychology, creative advocacy, leadership, empathy, etc.
  • An exploration of how race, caste, gender, sexual orientation, disability, comorbidity, trauma and patriarchy impact mental health needs in the South Asian diaspora

Capstone Accelerator

The Capstone Accelerator is a 10-week program where students will have the opportunity to build their own advocacy projects. Under MannMukti’s guidance, students will be able to take a social-impact idea and build out a community-oriented project.

Over the 10 weeks, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in Research, Design, Storytelling and Analytics Masterclasses
  • Build a project proposal, design a solution and pitch it to a jury
  • Receive mentorship and guidance from MannMukti’s Exec Committee
  • Connect with artists, entrepreneurs and advocates through the Lightning Talk Series

*This fellowship is unpaid.*

However, throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect and network with partner organizations, who will be leading lectures for several domains


  • Learn and seek guidance from several brilliant individuals who educate, build, and advocate in the mental health space


  • Receive consistent mentorship from a coveted internal team of mental health advocates


  • Build community with your cohort of peers


  • Interact and co-design with MannMukti’s Fellowship team

*While there is no cost to applying, if selected into the cohort, you will have to pay a materials fee (for all the education materials involved in the fellowship).*

Eligibility Criteria

Must be a high school student (ages 13-18)

Must have roots in the South Asian diaspora

Must be interested in learning about and advocating for mental health!

How to Apply

Submit this Google Form application by April 4, 2022

If selected, you will be invited to interview with our team

If accepted post-interview, you’ll hear back from us and receive an invite for the Fellowship Orientation, which will take place in Summer 2022

Seeking Mentors!

Must have a background in mental health

Must have roots in the South Asian diaspora

Must be interested in working with a motivated group of high school students

Must be willing to commit 4-6 hours per week

How to Apply

Submit your application by April 4, 2022

If selected, you will be invited to interview with our team.

Mentors will go through training and orientation prior to the start of the Fellowship program.