National Youth Council

Kids Help Phone’s National Youth Council (NYC) is comprised of a small group of youth ages 14-24 from across Canada who are passionate about mental health and well-being.

The council meets monthly (virtually) to share ideas and communicates regularly to collaborate on projects that impact Kids Help Phone’s organizational activities.

2019-2020 NYC applications — now closed

Thank you to all the young leaders in Canada who applied to the 2019-2020 NYC! We’re so inspired by your passion for youth mental health and wellness.

Applications are now closed and all applicants will be contacted in September 2019.

If you missed this year’s application cycle, please keep an eye on our social media in summer 2020.

National Youth Council member role description


  • term begins in September and concludes in August
  • participation in one virtual meeting (two hours) per month from September-June
  • participation in two to six additional hours a month for project work and virtual collaboration
  • council members are eligible to serve for a second term without reapplying

Key roles and responsibilities

  • participate in monthly virtual NYC meetings from September–June
  • support development of youth-facing content, including digital resources, marketing initiatives, and other innovations targeting youth
  • work collaboratively with other NYC members and Kids Help Phone staff to brainstorm, develop and lead organizational projects
  • provide insight and recommendations on opportunities for youth engagement, as well as emerging trends affecting youth


  • must reside in Canada for duration of term and be legally eligible to participate in volunteer opportunities
  • 14-24 years old (during term)
  • passionate about youth mental health and well-being in your community
  • committed to collaborative teamwork and willingness to take initiative
  • represent and live Kids Help Phone’s values (courageous, collaborative, innovative, resilient and trustworthy)


  • collaborate with a highly motivated team of like-minded individuals
  • make a difference in your community by showing up for youth in Canada
  • gain leadership experience
  • earn volunteer hours (including opportunities to volunteer at Kids Help Phone events)