The Reimagining Youth Work podcast is an exciting, new, and thoughtful exploration of how our world is impacting young people, what adults can do to re-think their work with young people, and how we can all work together to re-make the systems that serve young people. The podcast is hosted by veteran educator, mentoring expert, and executive director of the Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN), Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan. The podcast is recorded in both audio and video formats.
Like the work of YMAN, the podcast is part of our mission to re-imagine and re-make youth-led and multigenerational spaces in which healthy dialogue, community-engaged education, and civic engagement create equitable environments for youth to thrive.
Moving Past Resilience With Dominique Morgan
In our inaugural episode, we sit down to talk with Dominique Morgan of Black and Pink to discuss how systems can impact young people, and their families, why resilience is not enough and why young people should be the authors of their own stories.
Creating Safe Spaces for Youth Using Hip-Hop with Dr. View (Dr. Stevie Johnson)
In this episode, we explore utilizing Hip-Hop music as a tool for creating safe spaces for young people, with the Manager of Education & Diversity Outreach for the Woody Guthrie Center & Bob Dylan Center, Dr. Stevie Johnson.
Looking particularly at the transition from K-12 to Higher Education, we talk about what is needed to get young folks ready for college and through college, the need for bridge programs, and more.
This episode also features a special discussion about utilizing Hip-Hop to teach Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man that is geared toward English Educators.
Mentoring Lessons from Plants with Dr. Beronda Montgomery
This episode features a dynamic discussion about the parallels between caring for plants and caring for young people. Dr. Montgomery urges us all to consider the importance of context as we are providing support for our young people.
At the time that we spoke, we were mourning the violent death of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of white vigilantes. This episode is released as we all mourn the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. Dr. Montgomery's call to change the material conditions we do our work in is urgent.
Beronda L. Montgomery, PhD, is a writer, researcher, and scholar who pursues a common theme of understanding how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Her primary laboratory-based research is focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms (i.e., plants and cyanobacteria) to external light cues. Additionally, Beronda pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring and leadership of individuals, and the role of innovative leaders in supporting success.
You can find Dr. Montgomery's mentoring research and "Lessons from Plants here: http://www.berondamontgomery.com/mentoring-philosophy-thoughts/
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The Work of MENTOR CA With Marcus Strother
This episode is a dynamic discussion with Marcus Strother, the first CEO of MENTOR CA. We discuss his current work caring for "our babies", his personal coming of age story and the work he will be leading as CEO of MENTOR CA. We also had a n important discussion about how health and wellness should be centered in all the youth work we are doing, as we support young people in the process of healing.
Marcus L. Strother is a father, husband, educator and a youth and community advocate. A 22- year veteran in the education field, spending 17 years in Illinois before relocating to Sacramento, California a little over five years ago, Marcus spent 8 years as a classroom teacher, and 9 years as a high school administrator. Marcus is the Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed MENTOR CA.
You can find out more about Marcus' work here: https://www.lifedatamatters.com/
Connect to the emerging MENTOR CA: https://www.mentoring.org/mentor-california/
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The Power of Youth Organizing with Jesus Sanchez
This powerful episode explores the intensity and power of youth organizing with Pomona based organizer and executive director, Jesus Sanchez. We discuss the liberatory work of his organization, Gente Organizada and what it took for them to accomplish their own #defundthepolice campaign in Pomona last year. Critical for our time, listen to this episode to understand the importance of training and resourcing young people as they fight for change.
Jesus Sanchez is an educator, organizer and community activist. He is founder of the Pomona based organization, Gente Organizada, a community-led social action non-profit organization based in Pomona whose mission is to bring together generations to access, build, and wield their collective power to achieve educational, economic, and social justice in our communities.
Jesus has worked closely with lawmakers, education officials, higher education leaders and teachers unions to implement critical programs, policies, and reforms to improve conditions for students, parents, and educators. Jesus has extensive knowledge in grassroots organizing, leadership and strategy development, college and career readiness, and youth development.
Find out more about the work of Gente Organizada: https://www.genteorganizada.org/
Learn about their #defundthepolice win last year: https://www.dailybulletin.com/2019/09/12/pomona-unified-reallocates-2-million-to-programs-for-high-need-students/
And how their recent work: https://www.publicadvocates.org/righttoresources/ is fueling new movements: https://www.aclusocal.org/en/press-releases/massive-neglect-black-and-brown-students-alleged-san-bernardino-precedent-setting
Owning Your Narrative with Elizabeth Santiago
This episode is a compelling discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Santiago about why it's important for young people to own their narratives. Through the telling of her own story, Dr. Santiago helps us to understand why it can be harmful to tokenize young people, why students of color require support navigating higher education spaces, and how her own story influences her game-changing work at MENTOR.
Dr. Elizabeth Santiago is the Chief Program Officer for MENTOR. In this role, she is responsible for and actively involved in the management of programs and services for a wide range of stakeholders. She works with a team to implement a continuous quality improvement process throughout the program and service areas, focusing on systems and process improvement. Prior to MENTOR, Elizabeth gained extensive experience in program management and development, instructional design, curriculum development, training and professional development with organizations such as Jobs for the Future, Simmons College, Babson College, Houghton Mifflin, and World Education. She has specific experience in working with vulnerable or marginalized youth and the systems and people that serve them. She has taught high school equivalency courses within school districts, community-based organizations and through unions, and managed the GED/high school equivalency program at the Harriet Tubman House in Boston, MA. She has also built a professional development service for teachers and principals designing education programs for first generation college goers. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Technology, Innovation and Education Program. She recently earned her PhD in education studies at Lesley University.
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Check out MENTOR The National Mentoring Partnership: https://www.mentoring.org/
Brilliant, fun, and so important!!!
Loving every episode and the incredible diversity of guests!
A must listen y’all 🙌
One episode in and I’m already itching to hear the next! So good 🙏
I can not wait!
If Torie’s doing it, there’s no hesitation, this is gonna be fire. Can’t wait to further be inspired by her wisdom and magic. Let’s go!