Jada Gardener is an 18-year-old, recent graduate of Highland High School and SUNY Ulster. Jada currently attends SUNY Albany, majoring in psychology and minoring in business administration. Jada is interested in helping those around her, with a goal to one day open a practice and pursue a career as a licensed therapist. She would also like to open non-profit organizations in low-income communities to spread awareness about wellness.
Uniquely positioned to take in the wisdom of older generations and draw on their experience living through a global youth mental health pandemic, Youth Voices must be heard in the conversation of how best to support youth mental health. Isaiah Santiago, a 19-year-old youth advocate recently elected to the Rochester City School Board, will facilitate a diverse panel of youth (high school age to 25) who will share their views on what it will take to support youth mental wellness in their communities.