In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Magellan Healthcare launched the Stay Home for MY LIFE youth fest, a virtual element of its award-winning MY LIFE program, for youth and young adults who have experience with mental health, substance use, juvenile justice and foster-care-related issues, as well as professionals and caregivers across the country.

Peruse the event topics below to access the recordings and be inspired by nationally recognized speakers, uplifting entertainment, fun activities and information on a variety of topics important for youth.

Visit the MY LIFE Facebook page for the latest on MY LIFE events and more!

Join the event on Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET!

Register for free!

It’s time to celebrate all the challenges we have overcome in 2020, and prepare for an amazing 2021! Join us for a fun and festive Stay Home for MY LIFE virtual youth festival with inspirational speakers, uplifting entertainment, engaging activities and giveaways.

Explore Stay Home for MY LIFE Events

When asked about the impact of Stay Home for MY LIFE events, 83% of the youth participants reported feeling more hopeful about the future and 77% reported feeling less alone.

September 10, 2020
Engaging youth beyond clinical services

Event features: MY LIFE founders, coordinators and youth leaders share about their successes (that can be replicated) over the last 12 years in building and sustaining youth involvement, youth groups and youth-led advocacy initiatives. The presentation includes personal recovery stories and more!

 

September 3, 2020
Helping others find hope

Event features:

  • Matt Zerker, founder and CEO of tethr, well-being platform for men
  • Rinata Hollins, founder of Dance tHerAPPY, youth empowerment program
  • Wendell Fields, mental health advocate, author and speaker
August 27, 2020
The art of recovery

Event features:

  • Eric Owen, founder of Verum Digital, recovery advocate and speaker
  • Robert “FlipSide” Daniels, poet, writer and co-founder of BlackPoet Ventures
  • Rohan “Rx Mundi” Mundi, rap artist, author and mental health advocate
August 20, 2020
Advocates for youth

Event features:

  • Hayley Winterberg, member and family advocate at Magellan Complete Care
  • Kyle Esposito, suicide prevention task force coordinator for Bucks County
  • Patrick Denson, founder of Stop the Violence Against Our Youth
August 13, 2020
Recovery changes lives

Event features:

  • Gregg Champion, co-founder of Start Up Recovery and recovery coach
  • Jessica Dailey, wellness life coach and host of the Diamond Mind Radio podcast
  • Tom Lane, senior director of community and recovery supports at Magellan Healthcare
August 6, 2020
Youth empowerment

Event features:

  • Jason Lalli, motivational speaker, spoken word artist and author
  • Marissa MacKeverican, youth support coordinator at Magellan Healthcare
  • Michael A.V. Mitchell, motivational speaker, inspirational rapper and author
July 30, 2020
Indigenous mental health matters

Event features:

  • Bob Candelaria, CEO of Winslow Guidance Associates and member of the Navajo Nation
  • Joe Williams, motivational speaker, author and citizen of the Wiradjuri/Wolgalu Nation
  • Lindsey Holt, director of Marimn Health’s Wellness Center and member of the Coeur d’Alene Nation
  • Shelby Rowe, suicide prevention expert and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation
July 23, 2020
Black mental health matters

Event features:

  • Dr. Kyalen O. Conner, associate professor at the University of South Florida
  • Shandrika J. and Angela Quijada-Banks, special musical guests
  • Sharon D. Wise, advocate, artist, author, peer specialist and community organizer
  • Victor Armstrong, director of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health
July 16, 2020
Passion and purpose

Event features:

  • Alex Frisina, acting director of Youth Power NY and hip-hop artist
  • Brittany Garner, programs manager for The Phoenix Florida
  • Tira Yasmine, CEO of Color Life Beautiful, poet and life coach
July 9, 2020
Inspiration and motivation

Event features:

  • Harold Branch III, spoken word artist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker
  • Jason Starkey, former NFL player, recovery advocate and speaker
  • LaTasha C. Watts, child welfare advocate, author and speaker
July 2, 2020
Living and working in recovery

Event features:

  • Alton Voss, outreach coordinator at Rockland Treatment Center
  • Greg Dicharry, youth empowerment director at Magellan Healthcare
  • Stephen Sundquist, development representative at Clean Recovery Centers
  • LA Will and Seven Stevens, special musical guests
June 25, 2020
Thriving through trauma

Event features:

  • Ashley Hunt, founder of Nfinite Strength and advocate for sexual assault survivors
  • Fritz Hortsman, executive director of the Compassion Prison Project and filmmaker
  • Johnny Crowder, founder of Cope Notes, musician and motivational speaker
  • KT Muyaka, special musical guest
June 18, 2020
Sports and mental wellness

Event features:

  • Anita Nall Richesson, Olympic gold medalist, and health and wellness expert
  • Eric Kussin, former pro sport executive and founder of #SameHere
  • Sam Carter, CEO of Carters Corner and sports management professor
June 11, 2020

Event features:

  • Alonzo Corral, attorney and social justice advocate
  • Angel Marie Monachelli, creator of the Shine On Movement and author
  • Matt Runnalls, founder and CEO of Mindfull Aus and inspirational speaker
June 4, 2020
Advocate for change

Event features:

  • Brianna Gower, director of Youth Power NY, Families Together
  • Iden Campbell, advocate for transgender rights and suicide prevention
  • Lexie Gruber, foster care advocate, consultant and author
May 28, 2020
Celebrating 2020 graduates

Event features:

  • Angela Quijada-Banks, advocate, author, artist and life coach
  • Mike Saxer, youth peer specialist and spoken word artist
  • Shane Schulz, CEO of Speaking to the Heart Podcast Network
  • Youth MOVE, chapter highlight

 

May 21, 2020
Mental health for youth

Event features:

  • Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds
  • Andrew Ecker, wellness coach and founder of Drumming Sounds
  • Emily Skehill, manager of peer advocacy at Mental Health America
  • Emma Benoit, suicide attempt survivor and youth advocate
  • Dr. Jonn Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Tonja Myles, U.S. veteran, recovery specialist and advocate
May 14, 2020
Foster care youth matter

Event features:

  • April Curtis, board chair of Foster Care Alumni of America
  • Chris Chmielewski, founder and editor of Foster Focus magazine
  • Htet Htet Rogers, foster care advocate and student
  • Isaiah Palomo, training and education coordinator of Foster Club
  • Naya Taylor, poet, singer and foster care advocate
  • Sixto Cancel, founder and CEO of Think of Us
May 7, 2020

Event features:

  • LaTangela Fay, radio and TV host, author and singer
  • Dr. Nicholas B., geneticist and substance use recovery speaker
  • Sam Webb, actor and co-founder of LIVIN
April 30, 2020

Event features:

  • Cortney Lovell, recovery coach, speaker, advocate and author
  • John Perricone, inspirational speaker, author and teacher
  • Kenny Dobbs, slam dunk artist and motivational speaker
April 23, 2020

Event features:

  • David Sylvester Jr., singer, songwriter, pianist and author
  • Kevin Hines, advocate, speaker, author and filmmaker
  • Melissa Hopely Rice, mental health recovery speaker and author
April 16, 2020

Event features:

  • Jessie May Wolfe, founder of HeartRise Movement and wellness coach
  • Kelly Davis, director of peer advocacy at Mental Health America
  • Michael AV Mitchell, motivational speaker, rapper and author
Learn more about Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE)

Visit the MY LIFE Facebook page, or contact us to get involved and learn more about MY LIFE.