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The Passionate Youth Worker podcast is your invitation to explore your own life experiences by listening to other’s personal stories. Join me, Paul Meunier, the executive director of the Youth Intervention Programs Association, as I interview youth workers from around the globe to reveal how their unique life experiences impact their work. Tune in and be inspired to consider how your story uniquely impacts your youth work. Want to share your passion? Be a guest on the show! Have feedback abo ...
 
Welcome to the Youth P.O.W.E.R. Podcast, hosted Kirk Berry. As a "Youth Empowerment Educator", Kirk speaks all over the country, teaching others how to empower our youth. This podcast will feature guests that have created programs empowering youth in their communities and highlight those that are doing a phenomenal job connecting with this generation. Kirk will share concepts from his book "5 Powerful Tips for Motivating Youth" as a way to help others who desire to connect with the youth in ...
 
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I’m a CASA - a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer for youth in foster care. In the same way a CASA works, I explore all things in the foster care maze by talking to kids, parents, caregivers, attorneys, social workers, therapists, members of community and social programs...anybody and everybody who will speak to me to keep the conversation open and the information flowing about all things CASA––to give a forum to help people understand what it's like to have a lived foster care exper ...
 
Welcome to Coach Big B's show, "The Red Zone Show". This is a talk show that is all about coaching youth football. I will bring in guest to help break down the X's/O's of every scheme, and cover topics that all coaches have quetions about. My goal is to improve coaching in a whole. I will have guest come in weekly to provide you with the best tips to help us all improve our programs. I will have speakers that have spoken for Frank Glazier, USA Football, and Nike clinics/events. I also look f ...
 
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Washington, United States: Jose “Neaners” Garcia was the youngest gang member in his community. He had shot someone by the time he was 10 years old, had a child at age 12, got shot himself at age 13. Traumatized by both parents and his surroundings, he felt his life was limited to what he saw in front of him. But a 5-year stint in solitary confinem…
 
Hi everybody, BONUS BABIES is working hard on Season 2 and will be dropping episodes soon. SO happy there are so many people listening and can't wait to reach an even bigger audience this next season. Please consider becoming a CASA or a foster parent or contributing to the many worthy organizations working with youth in foster care. National CASA/…
 
Minnesota, United States: Essence Blakemore is a fierce champion for social justice. From an early age, she could see injustice in front of her. Challenging that often got her in trouble. But with the help of an AmeriCorps mentor, she learned to use her voice and passion more effectively. Having the benefit of a kindred spirit to guide her taught h…
 
Monrovia, Liberia: George King has a life story that could have stopped him in his tracks. He lost his father at age 3 to the civil war in Liberia. His mother could not raise him so his aunt put him in an orphanage. But somehow George saw the blessing in this as it gave him the chance to get an education. He now gives that chance to other young chi…
 
Wisconsin, United States: Ashley Stoll’s happy, sheltered life took an unexpected turn when she entered middle school. Her parents divorced, and she and her siblings had to leave their private school and attend public school. It was a culture shock. And it was a season of losing her way trying to fit in. She’s learned through pain and loss how her …
 
Vanessa Young, co-founder of the Power of Paint Art Academy, joins the program to reveal the mission of her organization, and how they met the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover how the Power of Paint Art Academy is supporting children, youth and families through the power of art.
 
Melbourne, Australia: Aaron Garth had a lightbulb moment in his 20s that set him on the path to turn his life around for good. His childhood was marked by family conflict and the trauma of losing a baby sibling. His teenage years were a time of acting out and getting in trouble with the law. He credits the persistent care and encouragement of a you…
 
Minnesota, United States: Christina McCoy embraced the challenges of her early years to build a resilience that continues to give her strength. Her struggles gave her opportunities to learn how she wants to be in the world and in her work. She knows she is right where she needs to be, doing the work that is meaningful to her, and having a positive …
 
Jayne Amelia talks with former foster youth Angelo Melendez. When Angelo was orphaned at the age of 2, he was sent to live in foster care in an all boys group home. Luckily he soon went into the care of loving foster parents, Howie and Carol Cohen, who call him "the one" and wanted to adopt him. Angelo spent several happy years with them in Beverly…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with former foster youth and advocate Alexis Obinna. Alexis is one of the founders and a current member of the Los Angeles Reproductive Health Equity Project Youth Advisory Board. During Alexis's time in California’s foster care system, volunteering at church was fun and better than staying at home. During college, Alexis was abl…
 
Kaduna, Nigeria: Maryam Aliko Mohammed is a polymath; a person with vast knowledge in many different subjects. She credits her fearless, successful parents for enabling her curiosity. Maryam shares a story of a personally humbling experience that taught her to not assume others are like her. That insight opened her eyes to the importance of youth w…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with former foster parent, Howie Cohen. The LA Times dubbed him “A Real-Life Don Draper.” In an advertising career that spanned five decades, Howie Cohen wrote the immortal words for Alka Seltzer, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” and “Try it, you’ll like it” both in the Clio Hall of Fame. Howie got his start as the younges…
 
Educator, author and coach Tre Hadrick discusses the importance of literacy for empowering youth, and reveals details about his book Cheesesteaks and Clippers, which features an endearing look at important life lessons learned during a visit to a local barber shop.
 
Jayne Amelia talks with a devoted and talented child therapist, Kylie. Kylie is a School Therapist working for a non-profit organization providing therapy to students ages 5-22 who live in the residences on campus, or come from homes in the nearby community. These are children who need additional support and aren't able to thrive in a general schoo…
 
Minnesota, United States: Moriah Peterson learned to relate to others with a kind and caring heart through the experience of moving to new places throughout her childhood. She found herself drawn to befriend the kids that seemed to have less, or need more. She carried life lessons of being helped by mentors herself and helping others. Grace was ext…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with producer, entrepreneur, and serial philanthropist, Peter Samuelson. Peter Samuelson is the Co-Founder and President of First Star, and CEO of PhilmCo Media llc. Mr. Samuelson is a serial pro-social entrepreneur. In 1982 he co-founded the Starlight Children’s Foundation; by 1990 the positive psychological impact of Starlight …
 
In this episode, recorded live at the KB P.O.W.E.R. Mentoring Camp, you'll hear from 2 campers about their experiences, and what they've enjoyed most about the camp so far. Kirk Berry also shares what he hopes the campers take away from their experience, and reveals details about some of the camp activities.…
 
Jayne Amelia Larson talks with foster parent and adoptive mother, Anita, who when she was single and only 22-years-old welcomed an 11-year-old girl, Ashleigh, into her home thinking it was for short respite care, maybe a week or a month... and ended up caring for her for years and then adopting her. Anita says: "I would not have been able to do thi…
 
Minnesota, United States: Carley Kammerer was only a teenager when she had to live through the experience of her mother dying. But because her mother had taught her the value of helping others, she transformed that pain and stress into a life and legacy of service. She saw a need and had the courage, grit, and faith to just start. She founded a non…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with Teena Festa who is a new CASA volunteer and also a former foster youth. After having a very difficult time in foster care, as well as struggling with mental health and addiction as a young adult, Teena persevered and decided to try and help people like her. On top of being a CASA, she is working on her psychology degree with…
 
In this episode, you'll learn about how The KB P.O.W.E.R. Mentoring Camp empowers young men between the ages of 11-13. You'll also hear from a camper and his mother as they discuss why they chose the KB P.O.W.E.R. Mentoring Camp, and what it was like to attend the camp.
 
Jayne Amelia talks with former foster youth Tamar Sebesta, who is also a proud and happy young mother. "I’m Tamar Sebesta and a sophomore student at Orange Coast College. I am in the process of achieving an Associates degree for transfer in Political Science, Communications, Psychology, as well as Liberal Arts. I am an active member on my campus an…
 
Ohio, United States: Dr. Charisse Penn persevered through many ebbs and flows on her way to finding her passion. She credits her distinctly non-linear course with discovering that she could make an impact and be successful helping others be successful. While working on her doctorate, she walked away from a good paying job and began her youth work c…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with Sid Gardner who co-parented four biological, step, and adoptive children during the past 50 years. Mr. Gardner is a Southern California native and serves as President of Children and Family Futures which he co-founded with his wife, Dr. Nancy Young. He served as Director of the Center for Collaboration for Children at Califo…
 
Dr. Kay Ramsey, Executive Branch Director for Bethany Christian Services, joins the program to discuss her own journey as a former foster youth and adoptee, and the work that she does to empower youth. She also discusses her new book Persevering Beyond Adversity: The Blue Print, in which she shares tools to create a blueprint for success on how to …
 
Jayne Amelia talks with the gracious and always growing, Megan Green, Founder/CEO of Motivate Vibe Grow and Crownworkshops all over the world. "Service isn’t one act of kindness," she says. "It has been a lifestyle for me. I have been a leader and advocate for marginalized groups and people of color throughout my whole career. I have dedicated my l…
 
Missouri, United States: Laura Bradshaw persevered through a less than perfect childhood and family trauma to find her own path forward. The challenges, twists, and turns of her life instilled a commitment to help others. Her courage and willingness to change are two of the gifts she shares to help young people find their own path forward. She live…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with foster care alumnus Diane Martell who has talent and grit too. She's an experienced learning & organizational development consultant, is known for supporting clients in reimagining current processes, procedures and team talent, and maximizing performance as they develop plans for the future. With 30+ years working in both th…
 
Jayne Amelia Larson talks with the powerhouse Wendelyn Julien who served as CEO of CASA of Los Angeles from 2016-2021, and is now the Executive Director of the new Probation Oversight Commission at Los Angeles County. She is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in social justice work with a focus on improving our community for young people.…
 
California, United States: Rose Sargent shares her insightful story of courage and self-discovery. She was experiencing trauma at home and school. She didn’t feel like she belonged anywhere. At the unimaginably young age of 11, she just felt it would be better to leave and figure herself out. Her experience of homelessness in San Francisco uniquely…
 
Ashleigh Ekari Nichols is a creative New York-based artist, web designer, developer, and illustrator living in Brooklyn with a penchant for all things creative. Ashleigh grew up in a suburban town just outside of D.C. and now calls Brooklyn home. She graduated from The New School with concentrations in Visual Arts and Writing and began coding in 20…
 
Jesse Levine, founder of Alex Levine School of Guitar, joins the program to discuss how he founded his school in tribute to his son Alex Levine. Alex was a developing singer/songwriter and outstanding teacher who was deeply loved by his guitar students and their parents. Discover how Jesse is empowering youth through music, the life lessons and ski…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with former foster youth Jaronna Yates. Jaronna has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 22 years, spanning across three major studios, and is currently the Sr. Project Director with Illumination Entertainment heading up the Global Project Management Team for their Marketing Division. From ages five to 13, Jaronna wa…
 
Minnesota, United States: Paul Meunier launched The Passionate Youth Worker podcast to share stories of the struggles and successes that shape individual youth workers. In this first anniversary special episode, Paul shares what he’s learned from youth workers around the world. And he reveals the evolution for season 2 with a profound shift that wi…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with former foster youth Toni Cunningham. Anthony Cunningham, better known as Toni, is currently in his fourth year in the Recreation Tourism Management program at Cal State Northridge. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles in the foster care system, Toni has overcome the many obstacles that have been placed is his path. T…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with former foster youth Vaughn Laws. "My name is Vaughn and I wish I knew where I was headed, but this adventure that has been life left me a husk of who I used to be. I've come through a lot and managed to keep my wits about me and pretty much out of trouble. I am currently aspiring to be a graphic designer. I had more ambition…
 
Missouri, United States: Misty Boone always knew she wanted to help others. She grew up seeing the value of sharing whatever you have to make life a little better for others. In her work with survivors of domestic violence, she gives of herself every day. She’s a realist with an optimistic outlook. And she shares her perspective about helping and h…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with children's attorney Juan Valles. Juan was born in Downey, California, and grew up in Southeast Los Angeles County. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in linguistics, Juan spent several years working in higher education administration. In particular, he worked with undergraduates in advi…
 
Today's guest is LaTanya Hill. "LT" is a writer with a background in law, education, government, and most recently became a Reiki Master and started her own energy healing business in Los Angeles – IMREIKINOW. She has been a CASA for over 4 years and is still assisting her very first child in the program. Please see imreikinow.com for more informat…
 
Minnesota, United States: Nancy Hlee Vang has learned to transform tragedies and trauma into empowerment. She found her calling to youth work during a college work study assignment serving elementary school youth. Now she is the mentor to young people that she always wished she’d had. And her greatest reward is seeing her young people grow as a res…
 
Jayne Amelia Larson talks with former foster youth Venus Manuel and her case worker Lori Nelson, a former social worker working in the LA County foster care system. Venus spent her adolescence and teen years bouncing from foster home to home, and credits one great social worker, Lori Nelson, with saving her life. And Lori says they saved each other…
 
Dr. Marck Abraham, founder and President of MEA Consultants, LLC, joins the program to discuss what needs to happen in order to create a world-class educational experience that ensures all students achieve their goals of post-secondary college and fulfilling careers. Discover how to create environments that assist students to reach their maximum po…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with Lori Nelson, former social worker working in the foster care system and now with the LA County Probation Department. "Lori was born a crusader with a heart for lost pets, the kid bullies made fun of and the person to run to and run away with when things were scary and unsafe. Lori’s childhood experiences led her to work in t…
 
Minnesota, United States: Dave Wilmes followed an uncommon path into youth work, launched by being a conscientious objector to the Viet Nam War. Driven by his natural curiosity and analytical interest in figuring things out, he saw problems that needed solving in our field. Through the years, he’s created a legacy of caring and helped hundreds of y…
 
Jayne Amelia interviews former foster youth, Venus Manuel, a shining example of how nurture does not always triumph over nature. From an early childhood rampant with sexual and physical abuse followed by a string of nine foster care homes, the development of another disillusioned dysfunctional youth seemed tragically imminent. However, the strength…
 
We are now over a year into virtual learning. Are students thriving in this virtual Zoom environment or are they "Zoomed Out?" In this episode, you'll hear from two youth, Kara and Sam, as they discuss how they have fared over the past year, the pros and cons of virtual education, and how teachers can best empower students.…
 
Jayne Amelia talks with Jaci Cortez, former foster youth identifying as LGBTQIA and now a foster youth advocate. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jaci is of Guatemalan and Asian Indian descent, and was in foster care from the ages of 4-21. She has a Communications Degree from Rio Hondo College, and now serves as a consultant to nonprofit…
 
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