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Dec 10 2018 - 12:00am
Empowering Youth of Color Through MindRight


One in four inner-city youth experience a murder before the age of 18. Complex and pervasive trauma surrounding physical, emotional, and sexual abuse holds teens captive but often remains invalidated and ignored. These are some of the worrying concepts brought to light by MindRight co-founder & COO, Alina Liao, and Director of Student Support, Dr. Jaime Mendoza-Williams, Ed.D. at the EdLab Seminar. MindRight is a tech nonprofit with the mission of empowering youth of color to heal from trauma. By accessing the app on a mobile device, youth are matched with their own team of coaches who listen without judgment and work to find strategies for coping with and overcoming these challenges. As a result, teens feel supported, safe, and heard while starting on their path to becoming their best, healthiest selves. Watch the full seminar onĀ Vialogues.

Excerpts from the discussion:

@04:15 Melanie Hering: Having a coach to check in is proactive - I think this is a great idea, because having that daily service allows for MindRight to develop into a safe space for those who are struggling.

@07:04 Rebecca Sullivan: It's important how you say things. This must be especially important to think about when communicating over text, without the ability to engage with tone and facial expressions.

@11:42 Sara Hardman: Wow, all the coaches are volunteers. They volunteer for approximately 4 hours each week, split into 2 sections. Do students talk to the same coach again and again? Or do they have to continually relay new information to new coaches as they work through problems?