Skip to content

LET panelists discuss healthy approaches to post-high school pathways

LET Panel Discussion on March 25, 2024. Pictured (left to right): Brian Shea, Loren Baccari, Jemima Verdier, Michael DeMaesschalck, and Crystal Haynes. COURTESY PHOTO/NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Table of Contents

The following was submitted by the Network for Social Justice:

On Monday, March 25, the Leaders for an Equitable Tomorrow (LET) program welcomed teens, parents, and community members from Woburn and Winchester to a panel discussion on Healthy Approaches to Post-High School Pathways.

Hosted at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club in Woburn, the panel provided valuable insights and strategies for maintaining positive mental well-being, achieving balance, and accessing effective support when navigating post-high school pathways.

The event moderator was Crystal Haynes, a two-time Emmy-nominated reporter, senior communications director of United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and the host of GBH’s “Greater Boston” and “Basic Black.”

The four guest panelists who shared their valuable insights on the various ways teens can navigate their post-graduation options were Brian Shea, senior associate director of service-learning and civic engagement at Bentley University; Jemima Verdier, a 2022 graduate of Woburn Memorial High School and a student at Suffolk University; Loren Baccari, school adjustment counselor at Woburn Memorial High School; and Michael DeMaesschalck, an electric vehicle battery engineer at Factorial Inc.

Throughout the event, the guest speakers delved into their personal journeys and post-high school thought processes. Some provided healthy tips on how to navigate the stresses related to college applications, while others shared helpful advice on how to navigate non-linear career paths.

The panelists emphasized the importance of following your passions, working hard to achieve your goals, and seizing opportunities. “Happiness should be the ultimate goal in life!" stated a student who shared their key takeaway from the event.

At the end of the panel discussion, the students took the initiative to connect with the panelists and ask additional questions to seek advice for their next steps after high school.

The LET program is a joint initiative of SCI and Network for Social Justice (NFSJ) that seeks to advance mental health awareness and engagement among youth within, and beyond, Winchester and Woburn through a focus on the intersection of mental health and social justice.

Funding for LET is provided by Winchester Hospital Community Benefits. The JLM Boys & Girls Club is joining SCI and NFSJ as partners for this important workshop.

Latest

Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks speakers address optimization of major decision making and current events shaping the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental future. By John Brown, Ron Latanision, and Walter Hubbard  On March 8, Rich Adler, founder of DecisionPath, joined us to follow up on his February 2023 presentation, speaking this time on “Revisiting

How well do you know Winchester?

How well do you know Winchester?

Last time was very tricky but our all-time champ, Michael Arwe, gets honorable mention for figuring out what it was (with a hint from yours truly). See last week’s to refresh your memory. Arwe emailed, “I did the Main Street bridge, the Waterfield Road bridge, the Mt. Vernon Street

Pony rides on Winchester Common

Pony rides on Winchester Common

The following was submitted by Preschool Social Academy: On Saturday, April 27, get ready to have some fun with pony rides on Winchester Common, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the corner of Church Street and Waterfield Road. The event will happen either rain or

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

The following was submitted by the Health Department: On Saturday, April 27, the Health Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community will have a tent outside the Transfer Station gate, 15 McKay Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Safe Disposal Day, or DEA National