Conversations from the Youth Wellness Movement

Drawing From the Well

Drawing From the Well is our platform to share the stories of educators, students, activists and communities that are paving the way to bring wellness into education.

Our podcast series is hosted by Tiffani Marie and Produced by Jon Reyes. Listen as they dive into conversations spanning big conceptual ideas to pragmatic tactics that deepen our understanding of youth wellness.


Episode 5: Measuring Youth Wellness

How do you measure youth wellness?
  • Barbara Hetaraka a Māori educator who introduces us to a framework of wellness and suggestions on how to measure it
  • Musician and Artist Jordan Huez who reflects on his education experiences in the Bay Area
  • A Q&A with Soraya Sajous-Brooks, a veteran Bay Area educator and Jordan’s mother about her cumulative understanding of youth wellness both inside the classroom and at home
  • A reflection by scholar and poet Derikka Hunt, who speaks to her experiences on wellness through the lens of travel

Music by King Most.

Episode 4: Cultivating and Sustaining Wellness Through Interconnectedness

What are the ideal conditions for sustained youth wellness?
  • Aaron Nakai a longtime educator who discusses “mindfulness” as a thread that connects us to each other, our histories, and our futures
  • Estrella, a youth expert who vulnerably discusses the factors that compromise her ability to remain connected to her culture and community
  • A Q&A with Simple Ant, an educator and activist who introduces us to an idea he calls “fugitive ecology”, wisdoms of ecological understandings of freedom and sustainability
  • A reflection by healer, scholar and elder Tereza Iñiguez, who mentors us on wellness through a framework of “interconnection”

Music by King Most.

Episode 3: Ideal Conditions for Sustained Youth Wellness

What are the ideal conditions for sustained youth wellness?
  • Dr. Antonia Darder an internationally recognized scholar, artist, poet, activist, and public intellectual who introduces us to a “language of love”
  • A Q&A with Dr. Sara Chase Merrick, a critical scholar and community leader about her work curating youth language models within her Hoopa community.
  • A reflection by Professor Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, exploring the types of mentorship and grief necessary to sustain youth wellness.

Music by King Most.

Episode 2: Threats to Youth Wellness

What are threats to youth wellness?
  • Professor Kevin Nadal, Ph.D introducing the concept of microaggressions and intersectional trauma to remind of the daily traumas that compromise youth wellness.
  • A Q&A with Ashley Monterrosa, a youth activist thrust into activism after the killing of her brother Sean Monterrosa at the hands of the Vallejo Police Department.
  • A reflection by Professor Kenjus T. Watson, on schooling, loss, and reclamation of self in community.

Music by King Most.

Episode 1: Defining Wellness

How do you define “wellness”? Does that definition change when applied to youth?
  • Maestro Jerry Tello of The National Compadres Network, who provides us with a working definition of wellness and guides us through the practice of accessing their cultural wisdom and embracing their sacred purpose.
  • Jewell Bachelor, a healing centered educator who provides meditations for meaningful practice during COVID-19.
  • Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D, who provides reflection on issues that arose when attempting to create an institution centered on youth wellness.

Music by King Most.

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