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Youth Perspectives on COVID-19, Racism, and Returning to School - Shared screen with speaker view
Brittany Patterson
30:40
Good Afternoon and thanks for joining us! Please take a moment to introduce yourself, your state, and role using the chat box.
Tiffany Thomas
31:50
Tiffany Thomas, Program Manager of Education and Outreach at Mental Health Association of Maryland
Stacey Pituch
32:10
Stacey P Milford, PA, VIP of Pike and Wayne counties
Steven Eachus
32:19
I am Rick Eachus. I teach Biology Inclusion at Odessa High School in Odessa, DE
Deon Booker
32:25
Good Afternoon, Deon Booker Dean of Students Kuumba Academy Charter from Wilmington De
Mark Whitacre
32:25
Greetings! Mark Whitacre, School Counselor, from Lake Forest High School; Felton DE.
Jordy Yarnell
32:48
Jordy Yarnell, School Based MH Clinician/Psychology Fellow, Baltimore MD
Stephanie Duer
33:05
Stephanie Duer, Conroe Texas. HB19 Mental Health Outreach Specialist Region 6
Heather Godwin
33:08
Heather Godwin, UDEL CDS, Project Delaware Coordinator for DDOE
Nicolle Steed
33:34
Good Afternoon. Nicolle Steed, School Psychologist, Charles County Public Schools
Jennifer D'Agostino
34:39
Dr Jennifer D’Agostino. Clinical Director of The Biondi Education Center Yonkers NY
Wendy Corado
43:32
I would like to learn how to best provide mental health support to the diverse group of kids at school. Gain a better understanding of how to best reach them while honoring their culture, especially during this time.
Brittany Patterson
50:32
"The only way to stop it is love" struck me.
Mark Whitacre
54:45
Love the positive mindset regarding being a part of history and having a significant story to tell. and yes... the "love" comment struck me as well.
Steven Eachus
55:20
For me, it's about how to best support my students. They know that I am an ally in this fight for equity, but I know that, as a white male, they don't always trust that I understand that there is inequity, that I am not sure how to fix it, and that I have the capacity and desire to learn and understand more--even though I haven't experienced as much of it...and I hate that things are as they are.
Heather Godwin
55:35
They all have really interesting perceptions and I think it's a good reminder that all of our students right now have their own perception and we have to take the time to help support them and understand how they're handling this experience.
Valerie Beown
56:34
The thing that struck me was how much our youth have to deal with and yet they are positive about the future.
Brittany Patterson
58:38
Yes--our team was also very PROUD of the strength the youth displayed amidst very difficult times. They are optimistic and oriented toward overcoming challenges.
Tamika Hudson
59:52
Covid is a wake up call on how vulnerable we are. It is a time to grow mentally and physically. it has stretched our technological skills. Glad the kids understand what is going on and hope they are coping with everything as well.
Brittany Patterson
01:03:05
"It's a lot but we are going to learn to adapt"--youth are incredibly resilient.
Tania Caceres
01:04:14
It is great to hear that the kids understand how the virus is spread and being careful (wearing masks and washing hands) and the older kids talking about how it has effected them socially and how it has changed the school dynamic for them. “A lot of students didn’t get the knowledge they were suppose to get” really reflects the adjustment to online learning.
Dana Cunningham
01:04:15
Yes, our students were so brave and honest!
Mark Whitacre
01:05:53
ids are resilient! And... surely there is some degree (spoken and/or unspoken) of fear, anxiety, depression, frustration for some students… Not unlike the impact on some adults. Important to recognize and celebrate their resilience and also be aware of and sensitive to the need to provide opportunities for students to express their uncomfortable feelings and receive support.
Mark Whitacre
01:06:08
*Kids
Steven Eachus
01:07:38
Kids are resilient. I wish more elected officials and policy makers would listen to them more. They could learn something. I wish they could hear and understand their fears, not just blow them off.
Wendy Corado
01:07:55
Their empathic awareness of the effects of COVID on their lived experience socially and academically is inspiring.
Dana Cunningham
01:10:45
"It makes people have to pray for their lives when they get pulled over." -- such a striking comment
Tania Caceres
01:11:33
Defining racism as “judging people how they are” was a really strong comment.
Brittany Patterson
01:12:18
Internalized views of how black people are perceived is striking to me, in this moment.
Janet Silas
01:13:34
Wow, how insightful, the young lady who spoke about how different groups are viewed when they are just hanging out and the consequences that occur based on the group you are with based on your race.
Tamika Hudson
01:14:32
it’s nice that the kids recognize how people of color are viewed and even portrayed. yet it’s great that they also connect the idea that it is just that others perceptions and not the reality!
Brittany Patterson
01:14:43
"I'm always on edge now"
Sunyana Benjamin
01:14:57
always on edge and thinking you cant trust white people due to racial injustices
Valerie Beown
01:15:30
it is about Relationships. we must take time to connect with our kids
Tamika Hudson
01:16:43
The world has been taught to focus on and label others by stereotypes. Until we get to the point where we are human we will remain a broken and dysfunctional country and even world.
Tiffany Thomas
01:17:34
We must meet children where they are at, not expect them to always rise to where we are - build trust with them. Building relationships is key.
Wendy Corado
01:18:21
Yes the initial reaction if to be “on edge” yet having open discussions, naming racism and its effects, is important. These open conversations about various social constructs with students no matter their age is so incredibly important to build a positive relationship with them.
Stephanie Duer
01:19:29
The students seem much more mature than many adults I have come in contact with. It's unfortunate how much media can manipulate...both ways. Relationship building is huge. Trying to understand youth experience rather than assuming is huge.
Mark Whitacre
01:20:12
Building trusting relationships with students requires intentional and authentic efforts!
Brittany Patterson
01:23:55
"When did racism start between us"
Dana Cunningham
01:26:10
Racism is not new. Why are people just now talking about it?
Tania Caceres
01:26:42
That’s a great point that racism has always existed and we are just now talking about it.
Dana Cunningham
01:27:52
"Why aren't we taught what really happened? Why do the textbooks lie?"
Brittany Patterson
01:33:14
Our young people meditate--that was impressive :)
Dana Cunningham
01:35:06
It's a challenging time, but our students are learning to adjust and adapt to the changes
Mark Whitacre
01:35:18
Critical to support healthy coping skills and encourage intentional efforts to build students' list of and healthy - healthy - coping skills.
Mark Whitacre
01:36:37
*and put them into practice on a regular basis. Unhealthy coping skills are all too often developed.
Brittany Patterson
01:38:56
"They can make sure we are alright"
Wendy Corado
01:39:35
I think we as adults can underestimate the power of a simple check-in.
Tamika Hudson
01:40:14
nice that they have solutions on how we can help them and everyone. very well articulated by all the kids.
Brittany Patterson
01:40:27
I agree, Wendy. Asking "how are you feeling" can go a long way.
Dana Cunningham
01:40:38
Yes, they have great suggestions!
Dana Cunningham
01:42:19
loved those suggestions for enhancing the virtual learning experience!
Sunyana Benjamin
01:42:27
communication!
Wendy Corado
01:42:37
They have a desire to be heard and participate.
Nicolle Steed
01:42:45
Communication seems to be the key.
Wendy Corado
01:42:49
Empathy!
Dana Cunningham
01:43:47
Building connections and safety are key to supporting students return to school
Valerie Beown
01:45:14
we need to give kids a voice in planning the new year. They are informative
Sunyana Benjamin
01:49:16
check on the kids! yes absolutely
Brittany Patterson
01:50:01
"I want everyone to show love, it's fabulous" --that made me smile.
Wendy Corado
01:50:34
“love each other” - Agreed. Human kindness is essential to get through this difficult period.
Brittany Patterson
01:51:45
"what you guys do will affect us...we can't drive...we can't vote or anything".
Dana Cunningham
01:51:59
Youth have their own opinions and should be able to share them!
Sunyana Benjamin
01:52:37
"we're always listening" !
Dana Cunningham
01:52:46
"Whatever your opinion is, we are listening."
Fred Johnson
01:53:48
Be mindful of your opinion and the conversations you have in front of or with your children.
Tamika Hudson
01:54:53
nice that the kids are sharing how they are affected by their environment and people who they are around almost. I love that they all want to be heard and free to have their own opinions. we must truly be careful to speak love and truth
Mark Whitacre
01:56:51
Important to educate students about self-advocacy and sociological advocacy. BLM started with a few but it is the power of the larger collective that brings the conversation and issues to the fore and has the power to affect change. Point being, the student body within a school can influence and affect change with appropriate collective advocacy and positive actions.
Brittany Patterson
01:58:36
Great points, Mark. Youth need to hear and feel that they have power and influence.
National Center for School Mental Health
01:58:45
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National Center for School Mental Health
01:59:10
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National Center for School Mental Health
01:59:14
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National Center for School Mental Health
01:59:53
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