BRITE Connections

A two-part event returning to school during Covid

 

BRITE sat down with students between the ages of 6 and 22 to discuss their views on going back to school in the midst of a global pandemic. Take a look through the eyes of the youth and then watch follow-up discussion and Q&A Thursday with mental health professionals and City of Agoura Recreation Staff to discuss coping techniques and healthy outlets.

 

1. Watch The video above with youth expressing their feeling about School in the time of COVID.

2. Watch a recording of the Facebook Live discussion below with mental health professionals discussing the issues presented by the youth.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Amy Brink is the Director of Community Services for the City of Agoura Hills. She has been with the city for twenty-five years overseeing the parks, recreation, and community services for Agoura Hills. Amy enjoys working with the community and its leaders to provide programs, activities, and resources that help keep people connected through the arts and community services. She has volunteered with many organizations including the school Parent/Faculty Clubs, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, and is currently serving on the Las Virgenes Unified School District's Community 360. Amy loves to keep people connected within their community and to their community.

Todd Walker in another one of the wonderful therapists that will be joined us for the BRITE Connections Discussion! Todd is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 12 years of experience working in various non-profit organizations in the areas of development, administration, training, and clinical practice, focusing the past five years on working with LGBTQ+ populations. Today, Todd is the Chief Clinical Officer and Co-Founder of Alba-Walker Life Strategies where he oversees 3 sites, 40 clinicians, and provides services to Los Angeles, Ventura, and Kern Counties. Todd is passionate about access to care and ensuring that every client has access to amazing mental health services. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Master in Social Work Program, where he completed a concentration in children and families as well as a sub-concentration in public child welfare. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge.

Evan Simmons is one of the therapists who participated in our BRITE Connections on Facebook. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with children, teens, young adults, and families in Los Angeles and Ventura County for the past ten years. He specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes other therapeutic modalities to address various mental health concerns. Evan strives to help individuals and families create balance and wellness in their daily lives while supporting clients on an individual basis.

BRITE is a youth development program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Reality Improv Connection Inc. BRITE promotes health and well-being through the arts by engaging youth and young adults in advocacy and action around issues they care about, and is made possible through funding from Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, Alcohol and Drug Programs.