As a youth advisor, we will ask you to share your experiences with technology and your perspective on its benefits, drawbacks, and impact in your daily life. You may be asked questions like, “What is a big problem or big opportunity facing teens on social media?” “What is your interpretation of this data about teen mental health?” “What would motivate you or your friends to participate in research?” You will be asked to share these perspectives with your fellow youth advisors, with academic researchers, and with people from the tech industry, healthcare, and the larger community.
How will the TAM YAB benefit you?
Being a TAM youth advisor is perfect for youth interested in careers in healthcare, mental health, research, and other STEM fields. TAM YAB members are invited to share what they hope to learn in the YAB experience, and as such our professional development activities change year to year. YAB members in the past have requested for professional development opportunities like: career exposure and information; learning about college, graduate school, and medical school; tackling hard conversations; interviewing and resume building; learning about mental health; and finding more opportunities to get involved with researchers all over the United States. TAM YAB members also play an integral role at the TAM program’s yearly virtual conference. Youth advisors receive a stipend of $100 at the end of their term if attendance requirements are met.
What are the requirements and responsibilities?
All requirements are virtual; therefore, youth from all over the United States can apply! Applicants should be between the ages of 13-18. We strive for a diverse YAB and encourage you to note in your application the ways in which you bring a diverse perspective to the YAB. The term for a youth advisor is 1 year (August 2022-August 2023), with the option to renew for another year. YAB members are required to attend the following events: a virtual conference and between 8-12 hours of virtual TAM YAB meetings over the one year term. You are required to attend 75% of the monthly meetings to qualify for the yearly stipend. YAB members are asked to engage in occasional e-mail communication over the course of the one-year term.
Simi is entering 12th grade. From the TAM program and participation in the colloquium, he is hoping to gain insight on how to do scientific research, as he is interested in a career in medical research. Simi also plays cello and the piano.
Edward is entering 8th grade. He is very fascinated about careers in healthcare, mental health, and STEM fields. During this difficult time in the pandemic, his interest has sprung to learn more about a person’s well-being mentally and physically, especially when the use of technology plays such a critical role in students’ day-to-day learning. As a son of a psychologist and a child growing up as a bilingual learner, he is excited to learn more from renowned researchers and his fellow peers at TAM and share his experiences. He hopes that when he grows up, he will enter a profession that will benefit other people.
Jared is entering his junior year of high school. His favorite social media
platform is VSCO because it doesn't possess the social overhead or expectation of likes
and followers; it's just a creative space to share images and thoughts, allowing others to
enjoy them. Jared is hoping to gain more insight on how certain social media can
positively impact adolescents and help be part of the development of a mental health aid
to help those struggling. From there, he thinks, we can take those ideas and supportive
products and aid in the implementation in our communities to ultimately provide each
other with resources on achieving and maintaining a positive mental well-being.
Jessica is entering her senior year at Windsor High School in California. She is interested in psychology and the effect mental health has on the way people think, feel, and act in their daily lives. She enjoys playing multiple sports and meeting new people. Jessica wanted to be a member of this program so she could connect with people involved in this field of study and learn more about research. She is excited to see what the TAM team will bring her in the future.
Jessica is entering 11th grade. She's excited to learn more about psychology and mental health, but is open open and receptive to anything presented at the colloquium! To be surrounded by many well-knowledged people with similar or different interests and opinions will be a great experience, and she looks forward to meeting everyone virtually. Jessica is a daughter of Canadian immigrants whose parents also immigrated.
Josh is entering his senior year. He doesn't have a favorite social media platform,
although he does use Youtube and Discord for academic and educational purposes. He
wants to learn about and connect with the people involved in responsible technology
policy and mental wellness, as they are the cutting edge of an incredibly important
field for modern social interaction, digital businesses, and technology ethics. He also
Kelly is a rising senior. Her favorite form of social media is Snapchat, which helps her
feel connected to other people during quarantine. Being on people's private story that
she is close with and seeing what they do everyday allows her to relate during these
harder times to stay connected. The TAM program last year allowed her to connect
with teens in her state with similar interests, science, research and who were very
motivated at school. TAM also helped her learn soft skills like being courteous on a
video call, or talking to researchers professionally. Kelly helped with the Connect-19
TAM project (PI: Megan Ranney).
Natasha (she/her) is entering her senior year in high school. Her favorite form of social media is Instagram because it is a chronicle of pictures, videos, and memories from the past few years and a way to connect with her friends during the pandemic. Natasha is excited to combine her backgrounds in mental and behavioral health research and algorithmic justice and ethical technology advocacy at TAM and hopes to explore the positive impacts tech can have on adolescent mental health. She also hurdles and runs track & field and enjoys photography and travel.
Siena is a high school senior. She's excited to learn more about research as a potential
aspect of her career. She also wants to pursue a career in public health, so research has
always been in the back of her mind!I Siena has been learning French since she was 5.
My name is Soleil and I am currently a junior at Flower Mound High School in Texas. I am a cheerleader and love cheering at late night football games! I also enjoy volunteering with the American Red Cross and local food pantries! I am so excited to be a part of the TAM YAB this year and make an impact on mental wellness in youth! I look forward to being a part of research on adolescent technology use and mental wellness and gaining more research skills! An aspiration of mine is to become a Pediatric Neurologist and I believe doctors should be researchers, so I plan to carry the research skills I gain into med school and eventually pediatric neurology!
Sydney is entering her senior year of high school. Her favorite social media platform is Instagram, where
she can republish content she is passionate about, including current events, and can
spark up conversations about those topics with her friends. She is hoping to gain more
research experience and team work skills with like-minded people, and hoping to meet
others who are passionate and interested in similar topics such as adolescent health and
Tess is entering their senior year of high school. Their favorite social media platform is Snapchat because
they love being able to text and send videos and pictures to their friends all in one
place. They are excited to get to see relevant research being done, as well as getting the
chance to learn more about the research process in general.
Vakayla is entering 10th grade. Her favorite social media platform is instagram. She likes the fact she can stay in touch with people no matter where they are and see what her friends post. Vakayla wanted to be a part of this program because mental health is very import to her, and she likes how diverse the program is. She’s excited to hear the different point of views on technology and social media from everyone else involved.
Yeva is entering 11th grade. Her favorite social media is Snapchat, as it helps her stay connected with people from different communities. She is excited to learn more about mental health on a psychological level. She enjoys playing multiple sports such as dance and golf. She is very excited to be part of the program and looks forward to getting to know everyone.