Weekly Clubs and Societies series: Jack.org

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The Baron is hosting a weekly series introducing readers to the clubs and societies on campus here at UNB Saint John.

The Jack.org chapter works to identify and remove barriers to improve mental health in the community and on campus.

(Jack.org UNBSJ/Instagram)

It is used to train and empower young leaders across Canada to revolutionize mental health. By initiating programs like Be There,  Do SomethingJack TalksJack Chapters, and Jack Summits, young leaders identify ways to positive mental health journey.

Why is it important to be an advocate for Jack.org?

Suicide continues to be the biggest cause of death among young people in Canada. In Canada, one in every seven young individuals has experienced suicidal thoughts. This year, 150,000 people will act on their thoughts by attempting suicide, with hundreds of them suffering from the effects. By being a part of this influential community, you can advocate for students’ mental health rights and help the world become a safer place for young people who are suffering from mental health issues or illnesses. Please visit the website for more information about the organization. 

Opportunities with Jack.org

Jack.org is a mission-driven group of dedicated professionals, each of whom comes from a different background and brings to the society their distinct skills and experience. This could be the place for you if you thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented workplace. Every year, almost 200 volunteers help run the Jack.org organization. Please fill up the general volunteer application if you are interested to apply for a volunteer position with our local chapter. To stay up to date with the society’s latest updates and news, please follow them on their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

UNB Saint John Jack.org chapter

Several Jack.org delegates at the Atlantic Jack Summit. (Jack.org UNBSJ/Instagram)

At UNBSJ, the Jack.org chapter is an active society advocating for student rights. Please send an email to Ashley Maclean at ashley.maclean@unb.ca for more information on joining the club. The Jack.org society hosts several meetings over the year to update the youth leaders about the changes and improvements that the organization is initiating. If you are part of Jack.org society, you will have the opportunity to attend conferences and make connections with successful mental health advocates from all around the world. 

National Jack Summit

The National Jack Summit is now in its tenth year. This year, the annual event will be hosted with safety, inclusivity, and relevancy in mind. The event will be delivered in a hybrid format, with programming and activities available both virtually and in person. However, changes might be made following the public health recommendations and safety guidelines. 

Interested in applying to the National Jack Summit?

A limited number of delegates will be able to travel to Toronto and attend the summit in person. Because this is such an important aspect of our National Jack Summits, the community wants to make sure that they have a wide geographic representation among those who attend. You can also watch last year’s virtual Summit here!

The Summit takes place from March 18 to March 20, 2022. If interested, fill out the application and the selection committee will reach out to you to confirm your eligibility. If you have any other questions or concerns, please send an email to summit@jack.org and for more information, visit the website. There is no specific deadline to apply but it is recommended that students apply as soon as possible.

Emily is in her fourth year of Political Science. She loves studying and academics which follows into her research work. She's a stern black coffee drinker and is a proud Acadienne. When she's not working or doing school work, you can find Emily listening to 70s music on vinyl and watching Parks and Recreation. If you ask her about parliamentary institutions, she won't stop talking.