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COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS: VIRTUAL YOUTH TOWN HALL MEETING
April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS: JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL YOUTH TOWN HALL
Students ages 13 and up are invited to join us for “Courageous Conversations: Virtual Youth Town Hall Meeting” on April 22, 2021 from 6 PM – 7:30 PM via ZOOM.
During this interactive online conversation, we’ll have a safe space where youth can have “real talk” about teen life during the COVID-19 pandemic. A local Baltimore youth group will do a spoken word performance, and our featured speakers will share empowering information on the following:
- Identify and discuss the impact of drugs and alcohol on the teen brain
- Discuss teen sexual health (STD/STIs & HIV prevention and decision-making)
- Explore the power of poetry as a creative outlet and alternative to youth substance use
** SPECIAL INCENTIVES FOR BALTIMORE STUDENTS (7th – 12th Grade) **
The first 30 students who register and attend this special virtual youth town hall meeting, and complete the online poll survey during the Zoom session, will receive a $30 gift card.
This event is hosted by Get SMART West Balitmore Drug Free Community Coalition and is open for the community to attend. It’s a virtual webinar & ALL are invited to attend from anywhere across the country! Our featured speakers will be Dr. Kizzy Pittrell, Ed.D., LCPC (Licensed Professional Counselor & Mental Health Advocate); Charmaine Stern- Megginson (Community Support Program Manager); and Chin-yer Wright (Poet & Director of Baltimore SCENE).
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ABOUT DR. KIZZY PITTRELL
Dr. Kizzy Pittrell, Ed.D. is a graduate of Argosy University, Washington DC from the Counseling Psychology program. Dr. Pittrell received her Masters of Counseling from Towson University and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Bowie State University. Dr. Pittrell is a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Approved Drug and Alcohol counselor, an Master Addiction Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Maryland. Dr. Pittrell has worked in the community sector providing mental health and addiction counseling and treatment to adults and adolescents for 14 years. Currently, Dr. Pittrell is owner of Ross Counseling, a private practice providing therapy to individuals, families and couples and manages a community mental health facility in Baltimore. More recently, Dr. Pittrell along with her husband opened a psychiatric rehabilitation program in Baltimore county called Strengthening Families Building Communities. Dr. Pittrell is passionate about educating the community about mental health and reducing the stigma of mental health. She is also an author of a children’s book about maternal depression. CLICK HERE TO VISIT DR. PITTRELL’S WEBSITE
ABOUT CHARMAINE STERN-MEGGINSON
Charmaine Stern-Megginson, is a Program Manager for community-based organization, LIGHT Health & Wellness Comprehensive Services, Inc. For the past 9 years, Charmaine has been dedicated in the support of managing LIGHT’s comprehensive support service programs that are delivered to children, youth and families whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, mental health/trauma, substance abuse and poverty.
Outside of also being a Youth Advocate and Peer Speaker for over 10 years, Charmaine has elevated her role as Program Manager for Housing, Non-Medical Case Management, Psychosocial support and Outreach programs and assisting the supervision of support staff. Ms. Stern-Megginson is also currently a newly-elected member of the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council and also sits on the Comprehensive Planning Committee for Ryan White Part A Services for the state of Maryland.
ABOUT CHIN-YER WRIGHT
Chin-yer is a multi-award winning poet, fiction writer, essayist and musician. She is the author of the poetry book Black Fairy Tales (foreword by D. Watkins) and a two time recipient of the prestigious Adele V. Holden creative writing prize/award; awarded to a writer who ‘demonstrates an understanding of craft, distinct literary vision and voice’. She was also the recipient of the Academic Excellence award in Adolescent Fiction.
Recently, Chin-yer was selected by African Voices to give a poetic tribute to legendary artist Ntozake Shange alongside Nikki Giovanni and Haki Madhubuti. Chin-yer has received her BA in literature and language arts at Morgan State University and is currently completing her creative writing masters degree. In addition to writing, Chin-yer is a musician and lead vocalist of several rock bands and is the champion of Mustang’s Battle of The Bands competition and has performed at various venues over the last few decades as a poet and musician including Rams Head Live, Baltimore Soundstage, Busboys and Poets, and more. VIEW CHIN-YER’S FULL BIO