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New Milford Youth Agency Podcast
The Youth Agency's monthly podcast providing information and education to help parents, teens, and the community.
Jan 27, 2023
We Provide Hope: A Discussion with Gambling Counselor Stephen Matos
Finlay and Kyle sat down with Mr. Stephen Matos to have a very informational conversation about the dangers of gambling and discuss prevention skills and strategies! If you or someone you know are affected by a gambling disorder text CTGAMB to 53342 or call 1-888-789-7777 Other Resources: MCCA: https://mccaonline.com/ Connecticut Council On Problem Gambling - https://ccpg.org/
Jan 9, 2023
Planning For Your Future: Resources Available at New Milford High School!
In today's episode, we are joined by Maryanne Shaffer, the Secretary of the Career Center for New Milford High School, and Steven Culbertson, the Career Pathway Coordinator. Together, they will be discussing the importance of considering options beyond high school, such as college and trade schools, as well as the resources available to help students make informed decisions about their future careers. Tune in to hear valuable insights and advice from these experts on how to set yourself up for success after high school.
Nov 21, 2022
The Vital Work of Volunteers: Katy Francis Discusses New Milford's Unsung Heroes
Katy Francis, the Vice Chair for the New Milford Town Council, sits down with YA Media's Jack Morrison and Cole Bartmon for a discussion about how she and others keep New Milford running. Katy is also a Community Impact Coordinator for the Southern Litchfield County United Way, and a Rotarian. The three talk about how big a role volunteering plays in modern society. Please listen in and learn more.
Oct 12, 2022
Hunger Action Month: New Milford Social Services Help Those in Need
*With Ivana Butera, Ivana Butera, LMSW, Director of New Milford Social Services and Wanda Flyer, Volunteer and Program Coordinator sit down with YA Media’s Jack Morrison and Cole Bartmon for a discussion about how they help those in need here in New Milford. Although October is Hunger Action Month, Social Services works hard year around to serve our community. Please listen in and learn more. *
Jul 15, 2022
Discovering the New Normal: Teens Discuss Their Experiences Growing Up with Divorced Parents
Members of our YA Media crew came together on this podcast to share anecdotes and advice as children of divorced parents. From double holidays to sharing inside jokes, these teens talk about how divorce changed their perspective on the "perfect family" and reminds them that sometimes happily ever after takes a couple tries.
1 hr 17 min
Jun 16, 2022
There's no Right Way to be Gay: LGBTQ+ Teens on Their Experiences
*YA Media sits down with a group of LGBTQ+ teens to talk about their experiences and opinions on everything from coming out to queer people in history.* *Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255* *Trevor Project Hotline: 1-866-488-7386* *Transgender Hotline: (877) 565-8860 * *Resources/Support:* *https://www.thetrevorproject.org/* *https://translifeline.org* * More hotlines, chat rooms, and resources: **https://www.hrc.org/resources/direct-online-and-phone-support-services-for-lgbtq-youth* * *
1 hr 22 min
Apr 12, 2022
You Are Resilient: An Inspiring Conversation with Author Valerie J. Walsh
YA Media is delighted to have Valerie J. Walsh back to our studio to talk to her about her recently published novel "Shattered to the Core", her CORE Fitness program, as well as a plethora of other important issues such as depression and alcoholism. This discussion left our crew with a new perspective on these problems and with tools to help them be there for others who may be struggling. Links: To purchase Valerie's book, click here! Valerie's Website - https://valeriejwalsh.com/
1 hr 5 min
Apr 5, 2022
The Person Under the Helmet: Concussions and Coaching with Mason Flynn
YA Media enjoyed sitting down with teacher and football coach Mason Flynn to discuss his experiences and what he's learned about the dangers and triumphs of sports over the years. They talk about mental health, sports injuries, and the pressures surrounding high school sports coupled along with the support he can offer as a coach.
1 hr 5 min
Mar 11, 2022
The Vaping Epidemic: How Harmful is Vaping to the Younger Generation? With Dr. Lindsey Maloney
YA Media sat down with Dr. Lindsey Maloney to discuss the issue of vaping, its widespread popularity among kids and teenagers, and its effects on health.
Jan 6, 2022
What You Make of It: A Discussion About the College Experience with Ciara Lynch and Evan Carlson
YA Media was thrilled to welcome back Ciara Lynch and Evan Carlson, who joined our hosts, Annabelle Colonna and Elliet Schriver, on the other end of our podcasts as guests to talk about their experiences going into their freshman year of college. They discuss their own schools, share their advice, and answer our hosts' burning questions.
Nov 8, 2021
Foster Parenting: The Myths, Facts, and Rewards
YA Media enjoyed sitting down with Robyn Wood from DCF, And foster parents Jen Gaily and Brian and Sam Hembrook, to talk about the process and joys of being a foster parent. CT Alliance of Foster & Adopted Families: 1-888-KIDHERO
1 hr 5 min
Oct 7, 2021
Road to Recovery: A Conversation about Substance Abuse and Getting Support with Matthew DeLuca and Michael Gillece
Matthew DeLuca, co-founder of Confidant Health, and Michael Gillece, a man in recovery, talk to us about their struggles with substance abuse. The two men share their stories about their journeys to recovery and discuss how they're seeking to help others turn their lives around as well. They remind us that there is hope and help available. Confidant Health - https://confidanthealth.com/ The New Milford Youth Agency - http://youthagency.org/ (860) 210.2030 Our Video Crew Recommends This TED Talk about Substance Abuse - Johann Hari: Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong
1 hr 12 min
Sep 22, 2021
An Interview with Local Filmmakers Victoria Flores-Argue & Joseph Patrick Conroy
We were excited to sit down with our guests to discuss their career goals and their current projects. Right now they're working on a film here in New Milford, utilizing our beautiful town as a backdrop and including our lovely townspeople in its production. Keep an eye out for the the upcoming "Lillinonah". Instagram: @amerikanamedia @luxbeautyclub @lillinonahmovie
Sep 1, 2021
Consent Roadmap: Navigating Sex and College
TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT, HARASSMENT, AND RAPE Cara Mackler and Rachel Krehel from the Women's Center of Greater Danbury join us to discuss consent, sexual assault stats, building your boundaries, and more in this informational yet casual conversation. A great listen for rising high school seniors and incoming college freshman, yet still educational and important for all. Women's Center Sexual Assault Hotline: 203.731.5204 Our team recommends this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGoWLWS4-kU.
1 hr 10 min
Aug 2, 2021
Teen Hosts Discuss Race in Our Community With Guest, Jamell Farmer, LPCA
Jamell Farmer, LPCA, a behavioral clinician, joins our teen hosts to have an open and honest conversation regarding racial injustice and the many layers that come with discussing it. In this episode, Ciara Lynch welcomes the newest member of the YA Media Crew, Evan Carlson, as well as our guest hosts, Jordyn Ingram and Alex Pascasio. You can find Jamell's podcast at any of the resources below: Twitter: @CCshowPodcast Facebook: Controlled Chaos Show IG: controlledchaosshowpodcast YouTube: Controlled Chaos Podcast (Controlled Chaos Show) Trellis Mental Health Center: email@example.com Number: (203) 617-8790 Baseball Card Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1756-2171.12115 Jordan recommends Sulwe, a children's book by Lupita Nyong'o
1 hr 8 min
Jul 1, 2021
Your Body, Your Vehicle: Eating Disorders, Body Dysphoria, and Everything In Between with Lauren Brown
Lauren Brown, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, spoke with us about disordered eating in teens, our relationship with food and our bodies, pressures from society and the food industry, and the pandemic's impact, as well as what we can do to help resolve this pressing issue. Listen to learn more. National Eating Disorders Association: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ Hotline (text or call): 1-800-931-2237 Help Guide, Eating Disorders: https://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/eating-disorders.htm
Jun 1, 2021
Coming Out of the Pandemic: A Conversation with Mayor Pete Bass
Mayor Pete Bass sits down with our crew, Dillon Thomas, Annabelle Colonna, and Ciara Lynch, to talk about how New Milford coming out of the pandemic and what the future looks like for our town. We welcomed to this podcast New Milford students Lucy Jackson, Conner Martinelli, and Gianna Militana, who joined in on this roundtable discussion to share their questions, concerns, and thoughts regarding the effects of the pandemic on youth in our community.
May 3, 2021
Candid discussion with the Women's Center of Greater Danbury about issues and services for both men and women
Matt Austin, Director of Education, Training and Outreach at the Women's Center, spoke with us about pressing topics such as sexual assault awareness, healthy relationships and courses of action, services they offer to anyone who needs it regardless of gender, and much more! The Women's Center of Greater Danbury Website: https://wcogd.org Matt Austin's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hotlines: Domestic Violence (203) 731-5206; Sexual Assault (203) 731-5204 Athlete A - Available on Netflix Our team also suggests you watch this video about consent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOS5_I3Yzog
1 hr 21 min
Apr 1, 2021
Services to Youth with Special Needs in New Milford Public Schools with Guest Laura Olson
Laura Olson, CO Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services here in New Milford, Ct. joins us for helpful parenting tips to navigate the school system if your child requires services or accommodations to succeed. Our crew, Annabelle Colonna, Dillon Thomas and Paz Moran, sit down with Laura to find out how parents can recognize if a child needs help and how to access services. Laura referred to many great resources. Please check the links below. *People First Language * http://www.inclusioncollaborative.org/docs/Person-First-Language-Article_Kathie_Snow.pdf *Welcome To Holland * https://www.pinterest.com/pin/562879653411713646/ *The Power of Peers in the Classroom/ Enhancing Learning and Social Skills * Council for Exceptional Children Edited by Karen R. Harris and Lynn Mehr
Mar 9, 2021
Western Ct. State University talks about planning your future during the pandemic
WCSU's Luis Santiago (Director of Admissions) and Kathleen Lindenmayer (Director of the Career Success Center) join Annabelle Colonna and Dillon Thomas for an interview about the choices and opportunities for students as they plan their future, no matter what plans you have in mind. Western Connecticut State University important links: www.wcsu.edu/admissions (admissions office) www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess (Career Success Center website) www.wcsu.edu/westconnworks (jobs, event sign up and more!) also check out the career app: UpperCampus is the first end-to-end career learning and success platform for students, schools and employers. Visit our web site or email us at email@example.com for more information.
Nov 13, 2020
New Milford's Steps Towards a Better Community
In this episode, we look at our Community Care Coordinator, Justin Cullmer. We speak about problems in the community and what he's working to accomplish as the only Care Coordinator in the Nation.
Sep 11, 2020
In interview with Brian Hembrook, Youth Agency Prevention Program Manager
Dillon Thomas, Ciara Lynch and Roxanne Edel produce their first podcast with an interview with Brian Hembrook. Brian oversees the Youth Agency's Childcare Program, works with the Maxx staff and the Youth Advocate to provide education, prevention services, support and positive programming to our community.
Sep 10, 2020
Vaping nicotine discussion with Kathy Hanley
Kathy Hanley from Western Ct. Coalition discusses health concerns and statistics related to vaping devices. Resources and support are available for parents and teens who want to quit their addiction to Nicotine.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 5, 2020
Wingman with Ian Hockley
Join us as we discuss a new program called Wingman with Ian Hockley Link to more information https://www.dylanswingsofchange.org/ DISCLAIMER This podcast was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic and contents may reflect thus. for more information on COVID-19 and how you can keep you and your family safe, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/. Thank you for your support
Jul 9, 2020
Anxiety in Youth Today with Laura Cleary. LMSW
Join us as we sit down with Laura Cleary to discuss anxiety in today's youth,how to start the discussion with your children as well as healthy ways to cope. DISCLAIMER This podcast was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic and contents may reflect thus. for more information on COVID-19 and how you can keep you and your family safe, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/. Thank you for your support