In our welcome episode, hear from Tom Harrington, President and Executive Director of Valley Youth House, and Shani Meacham, Senior VP of Programs at Valley Youth House, as they shed light on the crucial topic of prevention strategies in the lives of vulnerable youth. Harrington and Meacham draw upon their extensive experience working with at-risk and marginalized youth to underscore the significance of prevention as a proactive approach to addressing the challenges faced by young individuals. Through their engaging dialogue, they emphasize that investing in prevention programs can significantly alter the trajectories of these young lives, steering them away from the pitfalls of homelessness, substance abuse, and other adverse outcomes.
Join host Ashley Dallas, Director of Prevention Services at Valley Youth House, as she sits down with two passionate experts in the field – James Wells, Education Manager at Crayola, and Kaitlin Snyder, a school-based counselor at Valley Youth House. Together, they delve into the transformative world of art and its profound impact on mental health.
Throughout the episode, James and Kaitlin highlight the relationship between artistic engagement and mental wellness. They discuss practical strategies for parents, educators, and individuals to incorporate art into their lives, whether through traditional mediums like drawing and painting or more contemporary avenues like digital art.