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YMG Happenings

Youthcast Media Group® students are encouraged to become - and remain - active in their communities. This includes public events and partnerships that allow them to develop and utilize skills in reporting, writing, research, videography, photography, interviewing and public speaking.

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Jayne O'Donnell will be speaking at a media perspective lunch panel!

Our founder and CEO Jayne O’Donnell will be offering the media perspective on a lunch panel about community trauma and healing in the context of mass shootings at the National Forum on Criminal Justice in Washington, D.c. on August 12.

Bard High School Early College DC 2nd Annual Mental Health Youth Summit /Career Informational Fair

This event will be happening on March 22, 2024, from 11:30am - 3:30pm at Bard High School: 1351 Alabama Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20032. 

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Attend the Kaiser Permanente Community Health Conference with us!

Kaiser Permanente Community Health Conference, April 11, 2024,  at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health on 700 2nd St. NE in Washington, DC. Jayne and two students will be speaking on the panel! This event will be taking place from 11 am to 5:30 pm.

Join us at the Nova Institute for Health Virtual Panel

Aabrielle Spear, an intern at YMG and a freshman at Morgan State University, will speak on a virtual panel called "A Matter of Justice" hosted by the Nova Institute for Health. This will take place on December 7th from 2-4. She will be showing our social media work and discussing why our coverage of criminal justice and mental health is meaningful to her.

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Join us at the Sozosei Summit

Join us at the 3rd Annual Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness, December 5 – 7, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).

Harvard Public Health symposium YMG’s Business Intern, Aliya Kaufman-Daniel, and Visuals Editor, Sophie Beney, attended Harvard Public Health magazine and FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ symposium, “Can reparations close the racial health gap?” 

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YMG alum and artist Breyanna Dabney exhibited her photography in Baltimore and talked about the role of art in her mental health: ““Art is an outlet. Photography for me is a freeing activity that allows me to express myself and clear my mind,” she said. 

YMG Founder and CEO Jayne O’Donnell moderated a panel on post-separation abuse and the call for reform of the family court system to avoid further traumatizing children and survivors of domestic violence.

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YMG's Amora Campbell, then a senior at DC’s Richard Wright Public Charter School, was the lone student journalist speaker at the launch of The Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health in October 2020. Hear her powerful take on her community's challenges & the importance of getting help, especially for young people of color, LGBTQ, and those like her who are both.

In September 2020, YMG student Amora Campbell participated in a virtual conference hosted by the Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.

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Former YMG student Dionna Duncan, who was published twice in The DC Line, was the Washington, D.C. representative at the June 2021 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. Duncan is now a freshman at Georgia State University.

On May 27, 2020, Youthcast Media Group® co-founder Jayne O'Donnell and student Heaven Pete spoke at a webinar hosted by the Well Being Trust that explored how COVID-19's mental health impacts are being covered by the media.

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