The 3rd annual Jared’s Fund Youth Fellowship (JFYF) has extended the deadline for applications to April 29, 2021. These fellowships are offered to current Montclair High School sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent alumni. More information and the application itself are available at www.jaredsfund.com.
In light of the global pandemic and its economic consequences, the importance of young people leading conversations on mental health is especially evident. These fellowships are great opportunities for our youth who are interested in mental health awareness and who may have lost summer jobs or internships or who are now stuck at home because a summer program got canceled.
These paid fellowships provide four individuals or groups of Montclair High students or
recent alumni the opportunity to work with a mental health-related non-profit or undertake a project of their own choosing during the summer of 2021. Created in close coordination with Montclair High School (MHS) and the Community Foundation of New Jersey, JFYF supported the inaugural set of fellows in the summer of 2019 and was deeply inspired by their work to challenge the stigma around mental illness in our community.
Established in memory of MHS graduate Jared Zimmerman — who died in April 2016 as a
direct result of mental illness — JFYF will provide each selected recipient or group a $2500
stipend for the six-week summer program. The program also supports a summer speaker series and training for the participants.
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 7:30 pm, Gabe Zimmerman (Jared’s Brother) and Elias
Benchekroun (a 2020 Fellow) will be talking with the End the Stigma club, and any interested MHS students, about the Fellowship and will also be available to answer any questions. If you have any questions about this event or for zoom information, please contact Justin Comini @endthestigma.mtc or Beth@jaredsfund.com.