Webinar: Mental Health Programming: Best Practices from Sport for Development
Thursday, May 9, 2019
9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m. ET
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Over the past three years, several top mental health NGO’s began to collaborate with international agencies, researchers, and other programs to establish best practices in supporting adolescent mental health in at-risk communities. In this webinar they hope to introduce how they equip community mentors with facilitation skills and curriculum resources to deliver evidence-based mind-body therapy programmes. Mind Power aims to improve mental health of vulnerable populations with high exposure to trauma and limited access to mental health services, including communities in conflict and post-conflict settings. Participants can expect to gain insight into and learn more about:
1. Global context of Mental Health
2. Key lessons from collaborating across the Sport for Development sector and beyond to benchmark Mental Health Best Practices
3. What your program can do
4. How to get more support
Bonnie Politz is an independent, Youth and Community Strategy Consultant working on a variety of U.S. and global projects. She has an extensive career focused on ensuring the positive and healthy development of children and youth who grow up in poor and under-served communities in the U.S. and around the globe. Through her work in the public and non-profit sectors as well as philanthropy, Ms. Politz provides leadership within and across sectors at the local, state, regional and national levels to promote the design and implementation of strategic approaches to child and youth success. She has worked with national, state and local governments, youth-serving systems, higher education institutions, corporations, membership associations, and community-based organizations to embed and integrate youth development principles, practices and policies that impact positive youth outcomes. Her areas of expertise include: technical assistance/support, cross-sector/multi-system process facilitation, youth-adult partnerships, strategic planning, training and professional development; and, system-building.
Tim Conibear is an Ashoka Fellow and the Founding Director. In 2011, Tim started offering surfing lessons to young people in Masiphumelele township, after realizing how the sport is a mystery to the very communities who are so close to the oceans. He formed close friendships with local community members Apish Tshetsha and Bongani Ndlovu who would later become Waves for Change co-founders. Tim supports numerous NGO’s through curriculum development, strategy implementation, and executive coaching. He’s received numerous awards and featured in a TED talk.
Chris Barkley has worked in youth development and adolescent health for the past 15 years, designing, managing, and evaluating innovative education programs for young people. Chris holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and spent 10-years with Grassroot Soccer, a global public health organisation, holding Director positions in fundraising and partnerships. Chris now splits his time between Health Warriors (a youth employment start-up in Cape Town) and Peaceful Penguin (a non-profit working on mind/body and life skills programming for youth).
Jeff DeCelles is the Technical Advisor on Research & Curriculum at Grassroot Soccer (GRS), a soccer-base adolescent health organization. Jeff has worked for GRS since 2003 and oversees curriculum development, research, and monitoring and evaluation across more than 20 countries. In 2008, Jeff earned a Master’s in Education (Ed.M) from Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Catherine Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship and is a former Education Specialist for Harvard University’s Center for the Support of Peer Education (CSPE). As an undergraduate student at University of Vermont, Jeff founded the Batey Libertad Coalition, which uses soccer as a peace-building medium for Haitians and Dominicans living in the Dominican Republic. In 2009, Jeff launched Ragball International, a soccer-based financial empowerment programme in South Africa and Djibouti. Jeff is also a US board member of Waves For Change, a surfing-based mental health programme in Africa.
Matt Mattila, Global Director at Waves for Change, has experience in strategy from over a decade of experience across corporations, NGO's, and government work. He's successfully led cross sector projects for organizations including the Boston Consulting Group, New York City Transit, and multiple NGO's. Matt helped lead W4C projects including the MEL Sharing Network, site expansion, and oversees the Monitoring and Evaluation team. He helps growing NGO’s incorporate mindfulness into existing programs and implement a monitoring plan to capture progress.
Mel Devilliers: 'I’m going to be the mentor I never had.’ Mel started at Waves for Change as a coach and through her work on the Gender Sensitization project is now a Peer Youth Researcher. In addition to her years of experience mentoring participants in mental health and coping skills, Mel now helps connect the data to the stories on the ground.