Youth Contingency 2022 Interns, Christian S. & Jesa R. co-hosting the 1st annual "Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference." Photographed by Michelle Lapitan (2022).
About the Program
Established in 2022, the "Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference" (FSWC) is a mental health education event for Filipino & Filipina/o/x American-identified high schoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area. FSWC is an annual event planned, organized, and facilitated by a collective of students who make up our Youth Contingency Internship. Members of the Youth Contingency are enrolled in a semester-long paid internship and participate in various project-based learning activities to determine the wellness needs of SFUSD's Filipino & Filipina/o/x American high school population. Interns will use their research findings to plan our annual "Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference," a youth-led mental health education event organized in conjunction with participants of the Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship.
We aim to create opportunities for Filipina/o/x and Filipina/o/x American identified high schoolers to discuss topics related to Filipinx cultural values, identity, and mental health stigma while centering the student experience.
Applicants for the Youth Contingency Internship must be a current Buong Loob intern or graduated from a previous cohort. Students have the option to enroll and attend both internships simultaneously.
Harvey Lozada, ACSW, PPSC (he/him/his)
Harvey Lozada is a fourth-generation FRISCOPINO. He is an educator, community worker, healer, filmmaker, photographer, and visual storyteller. Harvey’s healing journey began with community activism and engaging young people in the juvenile justice system. For over 18 years, he has dedicated his life to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline through youth leadership development and culturally responsive counseling services for children and families throughout San Francisco. Harvey currently serves as a Transition Specialist at the San Francisco County Office of Education and Woodside Learning Center in San Francisco Unified School District. He is a core member at the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco and co-founder of the "Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship" and "Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference: Youth Contingency Internship" programs.
Verma Soria Zapanta, M.Ed (she/her)
Verma Soria Zapanta is a mental health educator, holistic wellness practitioner, and proud San Francisco native. Prior to delving into mental health and holistic wellness work, Verma was a high school Ethnic Studies History teacher in SFUSD, LAUSD, and taught/mentored graduate students in teacher education programs at UCLA and St. Mary’s College. She has over 17 years of experience in curriculum design, instructional coaching, and implementing school-wide educational frameworks that combine college-focused academics, rigorous technical education, work/project-based learning, and personalized student support. Verma is one of the Program Coordinators at the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco (FMHI-SF), is a Youth & Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and serves asthe Assistant Director of Pin@y Educational Partnerships. She is the co-founder of the "Buong Loob: Filipinx Student Wellness Internship" and "Filipinx Student Wellbeing Conference: Youth Contingency Internship" programs.
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