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Our video is meant to support students in making positive choices and seeking support from others

May 2024 Snap, Filter & Swipe

This entry is made by one our youths from the Eastern African Community of San Diego. In the Video they, the youth member portrays what it’s like to view oneself from a negative view based of the today’s social media standards. However, the Youth in the video switches scripts and starts providing positive affirmation and focuses on social media from a positive lens.

Mental Health Matters

This piece supports people asking for help and also reminds people that they are brave for asking for help.

Helping Hand

My entry is a watercolor painting of a person helping a friend climb up a hill. I decided to show these two people in the outdoors because, a lot of the time when I don’t feel great, being outside is the best way to ease any stress on my mind. […] Sometimes we can’t do everything by ourselves, and it is important to both provide and ask for help when times are tough.

The Simplest Things

This piece is about finding joy in even the simplest things and how that gives me hope for the future. Whether it be a beautiful sunset or a favorite show, there’s always something around you to appreciate.

Social Media Self Care

To feel good about social media usage, we need to be the change we want to see. Using simple guidelines can help us focus on the good, be a positive influence, and help us and others stay mentally healthy.

Don’t Let a Fake Reality Become Your Real

Sometimes the things you see might not always be true. You shouldn’t compare yourself to people that might have a ‘perfect’ body or life. You have no idea what someone is going through.

Digital Utopia

My poem is about a digital utopia, a world where social media is perfect – built on common values of honesty, trust, patience, safety, and love.

Filtered Realities

I was once deeply affected by my appearance and often used filters to try and hide what I looked like. Now, I have come to accept myself for who I am, and I choose to not use filters anymore. I allow everyone to see who I am, and I am proud to show my true self