Talking Panel: Balance & Breakthrough – Navigating College with Mental Wellness Balance & Breakthrough: Navigating College with Mental Wellness Wed., May 17th, 4:30pm PT / 7:30pm ET Come listen to young adults talk about their college experience and how they balance the pressures of college and mental wellness! Discover the keys to success in college while prioritizing mental wellness. Join us for “Balance & Breakthrough”, a captivating discussion where college students share insights and strategies for achieving balance and well-being in their college journey. Gain practical tips, personal experiences, and empowering advice to navigate challenges and unlock your potential. Date May 17 Time 7:30PM Eastern, 4:30PM Pacific Audience Teens and young adults (and all others welcome!) rsvp → see other events explore summer retreats → Panel Moderator Antonio Sweeney Mindfulness Retreat Alum Antonio Sweeney Mindfulness Retreat Alum Antonio Sweeney is a freshman business administration major with a concentration in marketing. Hailing from Flint, Michigan, he brings a unique perspective. Antonio is a problem solver by day and a content creator by night; he constantly seeks ways to impact others through service. He currently serves as the Freshman Class Vice President and the Director of Social Media for the Morehouse College Young Democrats. His entrepreneurial spirit allows him to create opportunities for himself and others around him. Antonio is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AS Consulting LLC. He also co-founded Nextgen Manangement LLC, a company dedicated to youth empowerment and creating generational wealth through entrepreneurship. When he is not saving the world, Antonio enjoys theatre and listening to old-school music. His philosophy on life is the giant looks in the mirror but sees nothing. Panelists Addison Peter Sophomore, Kalamazoo College Addison Peter Sophomore, Kalamazoo College Addison Peter is a sophomore at Kalamazoo College double majoring in Political Science and Theatre with a concentration in Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She has been an intern with the Michigan House of Representatives, the National Clean Water Collective, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs. This summer she is interning in the US House of Representatives with Representative Dan Kildee. In the future she wants to be a constitutional lawyer. Kayla Shannon Senior, Spelman College Kayla Shannon Senior, Spelman College Kayla Shannon is a rising senior at Spelman College pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. At Spelman, she has been selected as a Dovey Johnson Scholar—a recipient of a full-ride scholarship only awarded to 20 students each year—and a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program. Her passions include equity, authenticity, and empathy. She is a poet and has traveled nationally to perform pieces about her personal growth, healing journey, and social justice issues impacting marginalized communities in America. She has over five years of experience doing grassroots work in the Flint community, and is currently engaged in work with several local nonprofits, focusing on youth empowerment, non-traditional learning environments, public health, reproductive health, and more. Additionally, she is an apprentice for the Power Initiative, providing strategic support for project development and engaging community relationships to promote grassroots collaboration. When she is not working, writing, or performing, she hangs with friends, does yoga, or rewatches her favorite shows on Netflix. Ashton Brandon Freshman, Morehouse College Ashton Brandon Freshman, Morehouse College Hello all, I am Ashton Brandon, Freshman Psychology major attending Morehouse College. I’m honored to participate in this event as I’m an avid supporter of anything related to mental health, in fact, it’s one of the largest reasons I’m pursuing a degree in Psychology. I hope I’m able to shed some light on the essential nature of mental health awareness and wellness, and why we should be seeking it in our brothers and sisters. Thank You! Tomas Tello Senior, University of Michigan-Flint Tomas Tello Senior, University of Michigan-Flint My name is Tomas Tello, I am a 19 year old senior at Genesee Early College at the University of Michigan-Flint. At Genesee Early College, I am a part of the National Honor Society, and I currently hold the pleasure of serving as student body president. I am also an alumni of the Envision’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference. My passions are authenticity, resilience, and service. I have over four years of experience working with health and grassroots service organizations in the Flint community. My collaborations include the LatinX Leadership Academy, the Flint Public Health Youth Academy, the Genesee County Prevention Coalition, and more. Recently I have been nominated for the Voices for Children’s Champion Award. In my free time I like to exercise, participate in sports and athletics, and practice music. A fun fact is I have performed a poem for Jaden Smith. Stay connected, subscribe to our newsletter. Be in the know for new programs and access resources such as guided meditations. I'm In! 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