SouthTalks 2018:

Virtual Catalog

Be the Light Project  

Kennedy Brown

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This session will be led by graduates from Parkway South High School who started a non-profit for suicide awareness after personal struggles and life-changing events. Focusing on education and awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention, students will ultimately realize that they are never alone.

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BiCulturalism in America  

Ankita Tiwari

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The session will provide insight about how being a part of a different culture has impacted and/or not impacted our childhood experiences growing up in America. It will highlight the challenges, rewards, and misconceptions that many people have about biculturalism. However, we really want people to leave knowing that just because we are part of another culture doesn't mean that we are any less American.

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Dream Chasers  

Julian ‘LOGIK’ Gilliam

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I'll generate dialogue with the students about future aspirations and how to turn their dreams into reality. It'll be a motivational and uplifting session for them to become whoever they want to be regardless their perspective on the status quo of successful.

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Dreams and Detours

Shaun Derik

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On our personal journeys, we come across many paths. Some of these paths lead to a dead-end road and some lead to viable opportunities. But how can one tell the difference? Through music and dance, Shaun teaches young people how to not only ask the right questions but to ask the right people when it comes to their future. Through this interactive keynote, audience members will leave feeling challenged to: Use their own experiences to help navigate the roads of adolescence, create a personal roadmap that falls in line with their goals, implement and maintain positive habits to keep them on track. Topics covered: healthy choices, peer influence, goal setting and execution.

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Easy Plant-based Meals with STLVegGirl

Caryn Dugan

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From pork chops to plants: Caryn Dugan of STLVegGirl will share her inspirational story, loads of interesting plant-based nutrition facts and perform a cooking demo using recipes that are easy, tasty and perfect to pack for your school lunch.

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Experiencing Invisible Disabilities

Dr. John Bruno

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This session will allow participants the chance to experience what the world might be like for people with a learning disability, Dyslexia, an Intellectual Disability or Autism.

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From Prison Cells to PHD

Dr. Stanley Andrisse

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Supporting College After Incarceration: Dr. Stanley Andrisse is the Executive Director of From Prison Cells to PhD, Inc. He is a formerly incarcerated person with three felony convictions, sentenced to ten years in prison, classified as a prior and persistent career criminal, and was once told by a prosecuting attorney that he had NO hope for change. He is now an endocrinologist scientist and professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Howard University College of Medicine. Furthering one's education is critical to successful reentry into society.

Roughly 75% of the national prison population are people of color. The issue of promoting college after incarceration is inherently a race and civil rights issue. Black people are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. From Prison Cells to PhD seeks to eliminate barriers to higher education for formerly incarcerated people via programming to support obtaining college education and via promoting awareness around the importance of college after incarceration. The session will be storytelling mixed with interactive engaging activities.

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Healthy Dating

Carolyn Compton

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Outreach Advocate at ALIVE-Alternatives to Living In Violent Environments

We will explore healthy, unhealthy, and abusive aspects of dating relationships.

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Honor Flight for our  Veterans

Carrie Steele and Honor Flight Veterans

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Honor Flight volunteers will be there along with a couple veterans. We will present the check to them and veterans will speak about their experience. Students will have a chance to ask questions and meet the speakers.

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Website - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZKsLqAodk 

How Smart Can a Computer Be?

Ian Cunningham

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We'll be taking a deep dive into the current trends surrounding Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, while looking at many modern, cutting-edge examples of Machine Intelligence. Prepare to never look at a computer the same way again.

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LGBTQ Mythbusting

Dan Pearson

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This lesson provides an opportunity for youth to ask basic questions and to create a common language for understanding the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) identities and learning about LGBTQ people.  Students will be able to examine underlying and preconcceived notions about LGBTQ communities and understand the basic difference between sexual orientation, biological sex and gender identity.

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LINKing PSH Together to Be the Change

Monica Dickens, Anne Erehart, and Rob Lappin, South High Teachers and Counselor, LINK CREW

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Do you want to make South High a better place?  Do you know YOU can BE THE CHANGE?  Get REAL and come join this AWESOME experience that can make a HUGE impact on you, your friends and SOUTH HIGH!

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Living In A Multicultural World- A Panel Discussion  

Jill Simpson, AFS Volunteer - Missouri Gateway and AFS Students

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The world of today is increasingly globalized. We have more opportunities to interact with other cultures and ethnicities in our daily lives than ever before. This is happening virtually through the internet, but also in real time as many communities are becoming more multicultural and multiethnic. In this session, a panel of international students and a moderator with international experience will talk about the benefits and disadvantages of living in a multicultural society and will share their personal experiences navigating multiculturalism. They will also discuss the skills needed to maximize personal growth in an increasingly diverse world, and how learning the ins and outs of multicultural communication can help them in their future lives and careers.

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Navy Opportunities!

Omar Morales, Navy Representative

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Come see what the Navy has to offer you from opportunities, benefits, careers and education. Mr. Morales began serving the Navy right out of high school for six years. He currently is the Parkway area Navy representative.

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The Power of One Ceremony!

Sita Timmons and  SouthTalks Student Committee

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Honor current students who have demonstrated their power of ONE! This session will celebrate the achievements of some of South High’s everyday heroes in our community. Enjoy live performances and artwork from The Public, C Wallace, Chris Twombly, Bella Voce, Mckensie Donaldson!

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Power of Organ and Tissue Donation

Kim Kosednar, Mid-America Transplant

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"The Power of Organ/Tissue Donation" will go over the organ/tissue donation process and how it impacts the lives of so many people in our country, describe who Mid-America Transplant is and encourage students to discuss their wishes with their family.

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The  Science of Aging and Hearing Loss

Mitchell Sommers, Washington University Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

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The main goal of this session will be to introduce students to how our hearing changes throughout our life time and to present studies that demonstrate factors that can affect the amount of hearing loss one suffers. We will discuss several ways of treating hearing loss and some of the implications of having untreated  hearing loss.

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Sexual Assault Awareness

Dan Pearson, Safe Connections

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This workshop discusses myths and facts related to the issue of sexual assault. Teens will discuss what consent does and does entail and how to establish affirmative consent through healthy communication, a key component of all relationships.

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St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America

Sara John, Executive Director, St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)

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Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis is a collaborative organization open to people of all religions in the St. Louis metropolitan area.   Our goal is to deepen understanding, respect and appreciation among all persons across lines of religious difference.   As communities of faith, we agree to differ, promise to love, and unite to serve.

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Website - http://www.interfaithstl.org/

Taking the Patriot Pulse

Dr. Patrice Aitch, South High Head Administrator and Parkway Leadership

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We want to hear from you! Speak directly with our Parkway leadership about the steps that Parkway has taken for school safety and give your input on how else we can make you feel safe at school.

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Teen Dating Violence

Dan Pearson, Safe Connections

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This lesson defines and distinguishe

-s the differences between unhealthy and abusive relationships.  Teens will examine the different forms of abuse, review the warning signs of someone who is potentially abusive and discuss safety planning.

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Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth

Dan Pearson, Safe Connections

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In this workshop, youth are provided with a foundation to understand transgender and gender nonconforming identities.  Participants will be encouraged to think about how traditional gender roles, cultural expectations and individual expressions affect them and others.  Youth will learn how transphobia negatively impacts not only TGNC individuals, but all youth.  Students will also identify concrete action steps they can take to be direct allies to TGNC people.

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Understanding Islam and Muslims

Maysa Albarcha, Educational Outreach for Dar-ul Islam, Islamic Speaker Bureau

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Come to this session to gain a deeper understanding of basic beliefs and practices of Muslims. We will deconstruct common misconceptions  and understanding the roots of extremism.

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Understanding and Regulating Your Emotions

Brianne Serdar, MSW, LCSW, Leader of Clinical Programs, Saint Louis Center for Family Development

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Emotions are a part of us all and so mysterious. What do we feel, what makes us feel this way, and why can't I stop feeling emotions when I want to? Understanding the origins of emotion and how they affect us all differently is a gateway to regulating them when you need to. Through various skills, including mindful awareness and validation, you can increase your capacity to work through your intense emotion experiences and increase your capacity for joy.

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Website - https://stlcfd.com/team/brianne-serdar-msw-lcsw/

Women’s Self Defense

Officer James Logan and Officer Nik Sampson

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Teach students tactical awareness, common points of danger and how to defend against them.

This is an active class, students should wear athletic clothing.

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Sexuali-tea

Drs Prunty and Jacobs

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The presenters  use the metaphor of ‘serving tea’  (one of us ‘serves tea’ to the other) as a way to discuss consent

(especially sexual consent) in relationships.  For example, one individual ‘agrees to tea’ at the outset but then changes her mind

mid-way through ‘having tea’ and the other person ‘insists’ that she “drink up”.

How You Will Never look at a Cup of Tea (or Sex!) the Same Way Again!

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