Young Minds Matter 2021: Conference Agenda

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10:00-10:30 AM

Welcome and opening remarks

  • Vicky Coffee, Director of Programs and Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., Executive Director, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
  • Rachel Davis, Executive Director, Prevention Institute

10:30-11:30 AM

Opening Session: A New Deal for Youth: Our Vision for Healing and Well-being
Featuring a Panel Discussion with New Deal for Youth Changemakers


  • Dr. Nia West-Bey, Director, Youth Policy Center for Law and Social Policy

Changemaker Panelists:

  • Darlecia Dublin
  • Whitney Lee
  • Kadesha Mitchell
  • Marissa Howdershelt
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Supporting School Systems to Make the Shift to Stop Being the Nexus into the
Prison Pipeline
  • Marcus Ceniceros, Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Dr. Jamie Freeny, Mental Health America
  • Dr. Regenia Hicks, Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
  • Kristi Rangel, City of Houston Health Department

Street Captains: A Model for Community Engagement and Advocacy


  • Regina Garza and Sindhu Sathees

Street Captains:

  • Susan Jackson
  • Georgette Bryant
  • Maria Rodriguez
  • Gloria Mazariego
  • Pat Jasso
  • Sylvia Reyes
  • Reaching Richmond Collaborative

Juneteenth Legacy Project: Art in Action

  • Toby Agnew
  • Sam Collins
  • Torrina Harris
  • Sue Johnson
  • Jonathan Warren
  • The Future is Us Galveston Collaborative

Building Bridges for Health Equity and Racial Justice

  • La’Quana Williams, Program Manager, Prevention Institute
12:40-1:25 PM

Minds Forgotten: A Muslim Mental Health Story

  • Qudisah Muhammad, Creator and Director
Intergenerational Learning & Collaboration: The Impact of Storytelling for
Justice and Healing
  • Walter Hull, Artistic Director and Mentor
  • Aniya Wingate, Choreographer and Activist
  • Gretchen Batiste, Parent and Caregiver
1:35-2:20 PM

Panel Discussion: The Use of Film and Arts in Healing and Justice


  • Sheila Savannah, Prevention Institute


  • Xach Blunt, Artist and Filmmaker
  • Walter Hull, Filmmaker and Artistic Director
  • Qudisah Muhammad, Creator and Director
  • Aniya Wingate, Choreographer and Activist
2:30-3:25 PM

Socially Connected Communities: Equity Solutions to Social Inclusion

  • Ruben Cantu, Associate Program Director, Prevention Institute

Babies on Baytown: Supporting Infant Mental Health and Family Well-being

  • Laura Alvarado, Co-Chair
  • Maria Faz-Perez, Co-Chair
  • Christy Serrano, Regional Director, First 3Years
  • Babies in Baytown Collaborative
Rooted in Racial Justice: Growing Green Spaces for Healthy and Healing
  • Xavier Lofton and Shabana Ali, Prevention Institute

3:35-4:25 PM


Storying Community Trauma into Resiliency: An Indigenous Framework

  • Dr. Jeffrey Miguel Acido
4:30-5:25 PM

Preventing ACES: Healing through Expressive Arts

  •  Soulliaa Rae
Relational Advocacy: Using Relationships to Dismantle School to Prison
  • Anthony Sonnier, Youth Lead
  • Toby Agnew, Youth Lead
  • Bacillio Valdez, Youth Lead
  • Brandon Williams
  • The Future is Us Galveston Collaborative

March for Lives Houston: Youth Against Gun Violence

  • George Tataris
  • Allyson Campos

Kindergarten Readiness and Black Youth on Galveston Island

  • Shanice Blair, Co-Coordinator
  • Dr. Cindy Roberts-Gray
  • Semira Solomon
  • Jonathan Warren, Co-Coordinator
  • The Future is Us Collaborative Members

Eastern Parents and Western Children

  • Furjen Deng
  • Haitrieu Isabelle Nguyen
  • Sharon Cheng
  • Ryan Nguyen
  • Carol Li
  • Project Rise and Shine Collaborative Members
5:30-6:00 PM

Closing and Acknowledgements

  • Vicky Coffee, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
  • Sheila Savannah, Prevention Institute

Poster & Community Room Sessions

Bridging Organization and Community: Black and African-American Communications Strategy
Zoë Njemanze, Student Univ. of TX at Dallas
Hiram Clarke Community Resilience Project
(Located in the Community Room)

Model Minority and Healthy Mentality: The Understanding Initiative
Christy Nguyen and Celine Nguyen
Asian Americans Attaining Awareness Collaborative
(Exhibit Booth)

Coping with Perceived Ethnic Discrimination
Kaiya Huff-Hughes, Graduate Student
UTHealth School of Public Health
(Located in the Community Room)