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End the Silence

Youth Mental Health &

Suicide Prevention Summit

The free, virtual event open to high school youth, community leaders and caring adults to shift the conversation around youth mental health & suicide.

This event took place Thursday, April 22, 2021. 

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This inspiring and hopeful event included keynote speakers, educational workshops, listening sessions with high school youth, experiential opportunities, and innovative approaches to healing.

 

Below are the summit agenda items, student ambassadors and event sponsors and collaborators. 

Thursday, April 22 

Summit Agenda

Live Performance • Welcome & Introduction

Max Minardi 

8:00 AM 

Max Minardi is an internationally traveled singer-songwriter based in Northern California who has performed across the Western United States since 2012 playing an average of 150 shows every year. Blending influences from artists like Paul Simon, Iron & Wine, James Taylor, Ben Howard, and Ray Lamontagne, his songs focus on evocative lyricism and enchanting acoustic guitar work with origins in American Folk, Indie, and Roots music. Onstage, he engages audiences by telling stories of his time on the road and unveiling the inspiration and experiences that lead to his songs.

Welcome and Overview of the day's events with Danelle Campbell, Alexa Benson-Valavanis and Superintendent Mary Sakuma. 

Mini-Mindfulness Session

Chau Yoder

8:10 AM

Chau Yoder is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering. Chau led a successful program of mindful living during her 25-year career at Chevron as a manager of information technology and as an applied behavioral science consultant. Chau received training in mindfulness from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.) She is a Dharma teacher, ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003 and in 2009, Chau completed the training program of Master Ce Hang Truong to be an Integral Taichi Trainer. 

Drumming Session and Opening Focus

Maggie Steele

8:20 AM

The Moon and The Stars and What is Ours.  Sacred teachings for life, healing and envisioning hope during hard times.

Maggie Steele is the founder of 7th Generation Warriors For Peace an  organization dedicated to working with youth to prevent violence, gang  conflict, and in promoting healing and empowerment. She has  implemented leadership programs and youth events throughout  California and the United States, and has been recognized by the  Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution for her excellence and  innovation in working with youth. 

Maggie is a distinguished professional mediator/peacemaker. She served as the Director of  Youth Leadership at the Million Mom March Foundation. Ms. Steele received a B.A from  Humboldt State University majoring in Sociology and a minor in dispute resolution. She is also  a Certified Mediator and recognized by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County as  the 2012 Ambassador for Peace for her outstanding work and efforts to promote peace.

Maggie specializes in working with youth to prevent bullying, youth violence, gang conflict, and  in promoting healing and wellness through grass roots organizing. She is  an accomplished artist, story teller, poet and singer. She is loved and respected by thousands of  youth throughout the nation. Maggie is originally from San Diego and currently resides in  Sacramento. 

Opening Keynote - Speak for the Silent, Stand for the Broken

Mike Smith

8:45 AM

Mike Smith is the founder of The BAY Skate for Change, and Find Your Grind. Through his passion for skateboarding, music, and art; Mike has found the ideal platform for helping encourage the cultivation of positive, healthy communities and opportunities for young people to be at their best and thrive. His story contains an authentic and relatable message that resonates with all types of people and promotes change. 

End the Silence  

Matt Reddam

9:25 AM

Matt Reddam is the current school and community wellness advisor for Butte County Office of Education and former policy and practice coordinator for Trauma Transformed.  A regional expert on child traumatic stress and trauma-informed systems, Matt is a clinician, advocate, trainer and consultant whose passion as a survivor drives the need to bring our systems into a state of equity and compassion. 

End the Silence Video Diary

Video Diary #1

9:55 AM

This truly is storytelling at it's best! Participants will get a unique glimpse into the lives of these incredibly compassionate, courageous, trusting and resilient individuals. Join us, as we experience their amazing journey being told from their hearts and through their voices! 

Mini-Mindfulness Session

Chau Yoder

10:00 AM

Chau Yoder is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering. Chau led a successful program of mindful living during her 25-year career at Chevron as a manager of information technology and as an applied behavioral science consultant. Chau received training in mindfulness from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.) She is a Dharma teacher, ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003 and in 2009, Chau completed the training program of Master Ce Hang Truong to be an Integral Taichi Trainer. 

Finding Your Voice

Stan Collins

10:05 AM

Stan Collins, a nationally-known suicide prevention specialist, has spent the last 14 years educating more than 500,000 adults and youth about how they can help prevent suicide.

In 2001, he testified before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the topic of youth suicide. He currently works as a consultant to numerous organizations in the field, focusing on technical assistance in creation and implementation of suicide prevention curricula and strategies.

End the Silence Video Diary

‎Video Diary #2

10:30 AM

This truly is storytelling at it's best! Participants will get a unique glimpse into the lives of these incredibly compassionate, courageous, trusting and resilient individuals. Join us, as we experience their amazing journey being told from their hearts and through their voices! 

Team Mosaic - Experiential Creative Activity - Lain Hensley

Lain Hensley

10:40 AM

Community healing at its best happens with intentional and authentic collaboration. Our collective impact is far greater than the individual contributions.

The Virtual Team Mosaic™ is a powerful collaborative process bringing remote groups together with creativity and collaboration.  In this session we will work on small, simple pieces of artwork individually. With the help of unique software we will be able to see those pieces come together, creating a beautiful mosaic. 

This session will also allow for small-group discussion: What are the biggest challenges and struggles young people are facing right now?  What are the things causing the most stress for young people?  What resources and support is most helpful?  What do young people want adults to know?  What are the things that bring you the most joy and happiness? What ideas do you have for reducing the stigma about mental health and suicide? 

Lain Hensley, COO co-founder and head dream chaser at Odyssey Teams. Everyone wants to be Lain Hensley’s friend and listen to his podcast, "You Go First." Lain is one of those rare people who sees what people often don’t see in themselves. The beautiful beginner. The sacred wonder. He’ll reveal your magic and he’ll get you to believe. He is generous, smart and oriented to making things better. 

Lunch Break

30 min 

12:00 PM

30 min lunch break

Live Performance & Raffle Prize Drawing

Max Minardi

12:25 PM

Max Minardi is an internationally traveled singer-songwriter based in Northern California who has performed across the Western United States since 2012 playing an average of 150 shows every year. Blending influences from artists like Paul Simon, Iron & Wine, James Taylor, Ben Howard, and Ray Lamontagne, his songs focus on evocative lyricism and enchanting acoustic guitar work with origins in American Folk, Indie, and Roots music. Onstage, he engages audiences by telling stories of his time on the road and unveiling the inspiration and experiences that lead to his songs.

Raffle Prize Drawing!

Mini-Mindfulness Session

Chau Yoder

12:35 PM

Chau Yoder is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering. Chau led a successful program of mindful living during her 25-year career at Chevron as a manager of information technology and as an applied behavioral science consultant. Chau received training in mindfulness from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.) She is a Dharma teacher, ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003 and in 2009, Chau completed the training program of Master Ce Hang Truong to be an Integral Taichi Trainer. 

End the Silence Video Diary

‎Video Diary #3

12:40 PM

This truly is storytelling at it's best! Participants will get a unique glimpse into the lives of these incredibly compassionate, courageous, trusting and resilient individuals. Join us, as we experience their amazing journey being told from their hearts and through their voices! 

World Café 

Lain Hensley 

12:45 PM

During the World Café, youth participants will join adults to share their experience and perspective about youth depression and suicide. The goal of the World Café is to create a safe space for honest conversations, increase the trust between youth and adults, to  reveal the value of really listening without judgement or assumptions, and to normalize the conversation about suicide.

We will use the information gathered at the World Café to create community recommendations, identify needed services to better support young people, create innovative suicide prevention projects and reduce the stigma about suicide and mental health. There is no need to prepare anything in advance – we will facilitate everyone through the experience step by step.

** Please note, if you choose to participate in this session, we ask that you commit to the entire session to ensure the youth have the support and engagement necessary for the World Café experience.

Mini-Mindfulness Session

Chau Yoder

2:20 PM

Chau Yoder is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering. Chau led a successful program of mindful living during her 25-year career at Chevron as a manager of information technology and as an applied behavioral science consultant. Chau received training in mindfulness from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.) She is a Dharma teacher, ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003 and in 2009, Chau completed the training program of Master Ce Hang Truong to be an Integral Taichi Trainer. 

Closing Keynote - Embrace the Uncomfortable, Ignite the Possibilities

Aaron Davis

 2:25 PM

Aaron Davis is a nationally recognized speaker, author and attitude expert.  Aaron was a member of the 1994 national championship Nebraska football team and has worked with numerous corporations and organizations in their quest to explore attitudes, perceptions, assumptions and bias. 

Aaron is passionate about normalizing the conversation on mental health, suicide, trauma and stigma. He challenges his audience to create momentum for honest dialogue, exploring isolation, trauma, racial/social divide and adverse childhood experiences as contributors to the mental health challenges our nation is experiencing. 

Aaron has received numerous awards and accolades and is a proud University of Nebraska alumnus earning his degree in psychology.  He has shared the stage with some of today’s top luminaries in various fields.  Aaron and his wife Brooke reside in Nebraska with their daughter and two sons.  

Live Performance & Raffle Drawing

Grand Prize Raffle Drawings and Max Minardi

3:00 PM

Grand Prize Raffle Drawings!

Max Minardi is an internationally traveled singer-songwriter based in Northern California who has performed across the Western United States since 2012 playing an average of 150 shows every year. Blending influences from artists like Paul Simon, Iron & Wine, James Taylor, Ben Howard, and Ray Lamontagne, his songs focus on evocative lyricism and enchanting acoustic guitar work with origins in American Folk, Indie, and Roots music. Onstage, he engages audiences by telling stories of his time on the road and unveiling the inspiration and experiences that lead to his songs.

 

Youth Ambassadors

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Rhiannon Besser

Hi my name is Rhiannon. I enjoy being a part of the summit planning team because I love connecting with other people, and I want to make a positive impact on the community. Also it gives a great opportunity to develop and utilize leadership skills. Some of my hobbies include playing music, painting, drawing, spending time with my dog, and reading. A life motto I live by is “the best and the most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt by the heart” - Helen Keller.

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Naomi Desalegne

My name is Naomi Desalegne. I love being a part of the summit planning team because I love to see the results of the work we do. It is so rewarding to be able to change people’s lives for the better. I love to read dystopian novels and follow Bob Ross painting videos with my friends. I also like to relax by using Korean face masks and watching cheesy Netflix movies with my friends. I aspire to look back on my life when I am on my death bed and be proud of all that I have accomplished. I don’t entirely know what those goals are, but I do know that I want to go above and beyond in this life, with no regrets whatsoever. My life quote that I think of whenever I am in need of any motivation is from the bible. In Romans 10:9, it states “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!” Whenever I think of this verse, (which is quite often) I remember that this world is temporary and that everything I do, I should do for the glory of God.

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Bella Gordon

Hi! My name is Isabella Gordon. One of the most important reasons I am part of the summit planning team is that it is important to educate others in our community. The values that I live by and represent are kindness, hard work and confidence. These values are important to me because they help me stay motivated in my daily routine and in work. To me, being part of a team means having more hands to work towards a goal and gaining a sense of community through teamwork. This is important to me because gathering with those and working towards a common goal can make the outcome so much more impactful. The most important things I want from those around me are support and kindness because that can create a stronger bond. My life motto is to always make a safe space for people to feel welcome. I want people to remember this about me because I always love meeting new people and building strong bonds in our community. 

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Ian Guanzon

Hello! My name is Ian Guanzon. I am 17 years old and a junior at Pleasant Valley. I play football, baseball, and usually basketball but not this year due to Covid! One of the most important reasons I am involved in the summit planning is to to change people's lives and make a lasting impact on my community. The values that I live by and represent are to be courteous and courageous to everybody and that people will remember you by the way you made them feel and the actions you took to show that. These values are important to me because preparing for the future is inevitable and before you know it. I support my peers and teammates by encouraging them to continue to strive for excellence no matter what, trusting each other and me, and having each other's backs. My life motto is "Be loyal to your future, not your past". I want people to remember me as a happy, outgoing, and courageous person that made everybody around him great.

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Kevin Ostrowski

Hi, my name is Kevin Ostrowski.  One of the most important reasons I am a part of the summit planning team is to serve as a role model in my community and to help my peers. The values that I represent are working hard to be the best version of myself in all areas of my life. These values are important to me because it is how I want people to remember me. I support my peers by pushing them to surpass their goals. The most important things I want from others are selfless and supportive people that will do whatever it takes to get the job done. I want people to remember me by my desire to be great, as well as how I positively influenced their lives.

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Kenzie Harris

Hi my name is Mackenzie Harris. One of the most important reasons I am a part of the summit planning team is that I feel a sense of unity within this community and I want to be a part of making a difference in the place I grew up. Planning a conference means working together to accomplish a common goal and to build a bond as strong as a family.  It is also more fun when you work along side those who have the same passions and dedication as you do in life. The most important thing I want from my community is the same love, support, and respect that I show to it. One of the most important things I want adults to know about showing young people support is to open up your heart to them and the more honest you are able to be with us, the more open and honest we will be with you. This will help us to feel more comfortable opening up. One of my favorite quotes is “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo”, this a strong reminder that your mistakes do not define you, and with time you can heal from them. None of your failures define you.

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Cruz Jauregui

Hello my name is Cruz Jauregui. Some of the reasons I love being a part of the summit planning team is because I am a great link between the student and adult perspective. I am able to go out and talk to my peers, teaching the importance of sobriety at a young age so teens can develop into a healthy person. As well as be someone anyone on campus can come talk to, and ask questions. Some of my hobbies include hiking, fishing, hunting, sports and all else outdoors. My aspirations in life are to go to college, major in Criminal Justice, become a police officer and serve my community to the best of my ability. One of my favorite quotes is from JJ Watt, “success isn’t owned, it is leased and rent is due every day.”

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Victor Martinez

Hi, my name is Victor Martinez.  I like being a part of the summit planning team because I get the opportunity to help the youth and I get to work with some great people.  Some things I enjoy doing are painting and drawing. I love watching movies, but horror is my favorite genre. I also enjoy playing board games with my friends. I want to be an elementary school teacher in the future, I don’t have a preference on which grade though.  A motto that I live by is “Life is what you make of it."

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Ally Richelieu

Hello, my name is Ally Richelieu.  I love being a part of the summit planning team because I get the chance to support others. I love engaging my peers and helping them with issues they could be facing. One of my favorite hobbies is my sports team. I am a part of Chico High’s Girls Varsity tennis team.  I have always loved playing sports since I was little. I also love to volunteer for my community. I am a member of the National Charity League with my mom, and volunteer many hours of community service every year. I also love hiking and being outdoors as much as possible. My aspirations for life are to attend college and graduate with a Civil Engineering degree. I eventually want to open my own business and run my own company. A quote that I live by is “When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.” (Unknown) I love this quote because it reminds me to always find the good in every situation even if it seems like there isn’t any.

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Bailey Stewart

Hi my name is Bailey Stewart. Three top qualities that I value are integrity, commitment, and support. Someone in my life who I really look up to in Rick Minniefield because of his motivation and determination to continue moving forward no matter what challenges life might throw in his direction. Some of my hobbies and interests include drawing/painting, sewing, playing my piano, and lending a helping hand wherever is needed. If I could travel anywhere in the world right now I would want to go to the Grand Canyon with my friend Rhiannon. I want to explore our national parks and experience the natural beauty of our country. An interesting fact about me is that I used to dance for the half-time show of the Sacramento Kings and I was a Little Rascal for Chico Outlaws. My life motto that I live by is “Actions speak louder than words, just go and get it done.” I challenge the participants of this summit to stay present in the moment and to take advantage of all opportunities given today.

 

Collaborators

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Event Sponsors

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Summit Supporters

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Thank you to these businesses for their generous donations.

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