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A Message From The Practice Space: What We’re Doing to Keep Our Community Safe

The Practice Space wants to personally let our community know that your safety, is, and always will be our top priority. We are monitoring the status of news around coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking concerns seriously as a local business. As of now, some of the steps we are taking include: limiting or canceling any …

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An Interview with AnnMarie Baines, Founder of The Practice Space

If you’ve ever been to The Practice Space, or taken part in a workshop or event we’ve led, you have no doubt met AnnMarie. As the Founder and Executive Director of The Practice Space, she plays a role in everything we do. So we thought it would be fun for those of you who don’t …

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Welcoming Our Newest Team Member Nancy!

We are so excited to have Nancy Correa join our team at The Practice Space as our Digital Strategist. We wanted Nancy to get a chance to introduce herself and can’t wait for you all to meet her. ¡Hola! My name is Nancy Correa and I joined The Practice Space as the Digital Strategist in …

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Valentine’s Reflections: Our Voices and Our Passions

For Valentine’s Day, we want to celebrate our community and share a little about why we love what we do here at The Practice Space. We envision a world where diverse communities of youth and adults feel free, cared for, and capable of manifesting their voices in the world.  As The Practice Space continues to …

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The Impact of Fear on Equity

By AnnMarie Baines To be a leader, you have to feel like your voice matters and you have something of value to say and contribute to the world. Unfortunately, we live in a society where many people are taught from an early age that their voice is less important. As a naturally shy student, I …

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Young Speakers Camp — Youth Aloud Podcast Bonus Episode!

Have you ever felt like it’s too early or too late to build your confidence with public speaking? At The Practice Space we believe there’s never a limit on when or who can develop these skills, which is why we offer programs and services to all ages, from young children to working professionals to elders. …

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What is Our American Dream? — Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 10

As the world changes, so do our dreams for the future. In our final episode of the second season, the Youth Aloud podcast team voice their opinions about the “American Dream” in a candid group discussion. Beginning with their stories of growing up with immigrant parents, these high school students define what they see as …

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Student Stress – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 9

Students are no strangers to stress and burnout. It’s hard to find the energy and willpower to do everything we should, especially when we aren’t doing what we love and are stretched too thin. This episode features high school and college student interviews and stories about how they cope with stress and figure out how …

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Battles with Self-Image – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 8

How do we fight against societal messages that make us feel like we aren’t beautiful? In this episode, we interview teens and family members and tell our own stories about experiences with body image and how we accept who we are, despite cultural stereotypes. “It doesn’t matter what anybody else does, it only matters what …

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Youth Voice Matters – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 7

Why do young people want to speak up? In this episode, we hear from high school students about why they think their voice matters and what stands in the way of being heard. Members of our podcast team, Lindsey Lam, Sophie Ciurlik-Rittenbaum, and Hawi Abraham, share their own stories as well as how other teens …

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Let’s Talk About Gender – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 6

This episode is about gender identity and people’s struggles to understand and express gender. You’ll hear from our field reporters Sophie Ciurlik-Rittenbaum and Robson Swift, who interview transgender teens about their experiences with gender expression and coming out, reflecting on how different people relate to gender. “Gender is a double edged sword. You can use …

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Who Are We? – Youth Aloud Podcast Episode 5

In this week’s episode, Youth Aloud field reporters, Hawi and Sophie, ask youth to answer the question, “Who are you?” When asked this question, people tend to answer with the easily identifiable parts of ourselves, such as ethnicity or hobbies. However, when they dig deeper, Hawi and Sophie uncover much more about what those aspects …

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