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SHE RECOVERS: The Next Generation Youth Action Committee



About SHE RECOVERS: The Next Generation Youth Action Committee

The SHE RECOVERS (SR): The Next Generation (Next Gen) Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a service and leadership development body of 9 -13 recovering young women and non-binary individuals who identify with women’s communities. This diverse and talented group, composed of youth aged 18-35, will play an essential role in shaping the future of SR: Next Gen’s programs and resources. 

As a member of the YAC, you will help more young women to rise rooted in recovery by normalizing the experience. By recovering out loud, sharing your experience, and living your truth, you will smash stigma online and in your local community through your presence, leadership, and volunteer action.

Primary purpose of the YAC

SR: Next Gen YAC members will meet monthly to advise SHE RECOVERS Foundation (SRF) on recovery-focused youth-related topics and issues, plan service projects, review SR: Next Gen programming, and engage in thought leadership for special events, advocacy, and outreach activities. They will identify grant, funding, and research opportunities for SRF and represent the organization across multiple media and content platforms such as webinars, social, blogs, and other online outlets. Members of the YAC serve as highly engaged ambassadors of SRF online and in their local communities. They work together to spread our mission to redefine recovery, inspire hope, end stigma, and empower women in or seeking recovery from mental health issues, trauma, substance use, and related life challenges to increase their recovery capital, heal themselves, and help other women to do the same.

As a YAC member, you will gain opportunities to:

  • Experience personal growth, build confidence, and feel empowered
  • Become a leading voice in young women’s recovery
  • Redefine recovery to be more inclusive, equitable, and empowering for all
  • Co-create early intervention and recovery-strengthening opportunities within a recovery-oriented system of care
  • Make an impact in your local community and beyond
  • Cultivate important life skills, such as:
      • Communication, outreach, and public speaking
      • Creativity and adaptability
      • Time management and organization
      • Teamwork and cooperation
      • Conflict management
      • Problem-solving and strategic thinking
  • Gain professional experience
  • Further career development

A collaborative approach

The YAC serves as a collaborative partnership between young women/non-binary individuals who identify with women’s communities and participating SRF team members. YAC members can support SRF and its mission through the following:

Recovering out loud:

After receiving dedicated training for outreach and ambassadorship activities, YAC members can commit to recovering out loud by sharing their stories, serving as SRF ambassadors, amplifying Next Gen campaign initiatives and progress, and positioning themselves as advocates and champions of young women’s recovery in their local and/or online communities. 

Advising the organization:

Serving in an advisory capacity to the organization and making recommendations to inform SRF leadership decisions.

Identifying barriers to young women’s recovery:

Gathering research and stories to determine the needs of young women, learning what resonates with them, exploring opportunities, and implementing strategies that will foster the development and utilization of strengths-based recovery solutions. 

Informing & implementing targeted programs:

Contributing to the development and execution of youth-specific programs as well as identifying systemic improvements for the organization to better connect, support, and empower young women as a whole.

Sourcing support:

Fundraising for SRF through peer-to-peer and/or individual campaigns. Sourcing relevant available grants, funding opportunities, and potential donors to fuel the SR: Next Gen project and its activities.

Supported by the Alkermes Inspiration Grants® Program

“Being chosen as an Alkermes Inspiration Grants Program recipient to connect, support, and empower the next generation of young women on their journey of recovery is a profound honor. As someone who struggled with substance use, self-injurious behavior, and disordered eating during my youth, the opportunity to develop ‘SHE RECOVERS: The Next Generation’ and this youth action committee is a dream come true. I am humbled and grateful for this unique opportunity to ensure that the next generation can rise rooted in recovery.”

– SHE RECOVERS Founder, Taryn Strong

We envision you here. 

SR: Next Gen YAC includes:

SR Trusted Advisor for Young Women’s Recovery
Committee co-lead
Project manager
DEI officer
Technology & innovations officer
Event coordinator
Fundraising coordinator
Education & outreach
Supporting members


To be eligible for a volunteer role within the YAC, you must be a young woman or a non-binary individual who identifies with women’s communities between the age of 18-35 and able to commit 4-13 hours per month to your role for at least 12 months. You are encouraged to identify as a person in active recovery from a mental health issue, trauma, substance use, and/or other life challenge.

SRF will actively encourage applications for the YAC from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender identity or expression, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and national origin.


All YAC members will receive:

  • An invitation to share their story for the ‘Young Women Rise Rooted’ Video 
  • SR swag
  • Interactive introduction to the SR Intentions & Guiding Principles
  • Recovery Storytelling training
  • Special discounts to participate in SR certified professional trainings and personal development workshops
  • Print-on-demand:
    • Infographics, posters, recovery conversation starters
    • SR Intentions & Guiding Principles
    • SR informational resources to share with their communities

YAC members may also receive:


  • Professional training to become a SR Certified Professional and facilitate SR Together online gatherings or in-person sharing circles
  • An opportunity to facilitate a #MentalHealthMonday Recovery Education session
  • An invitation to write for the SR blog
  • The chance to speak during the SR International Women’s Day global online event

The recruitment application period opens on November 30, 2023, and will close on December 21, 2023. The review process will commence on January 4, 2024, and all applicants will be informed of their status on or after January 23, 2024.

A deep bow of gratitude to you, our incredible applicants. We certainly appreciate your time, energy, and passion for young women’s recovery!

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