Community Conversations - Talk That Talk

Community Conversations - Talk That Talk

The year 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges to the nation, and the entire world. However, the events of this year have been especially challenging for the nation’s youth, who are trying to comprehend the issues in their community, as they chart their paths forward.

Some issues include:

1. Dramatic changes in their daily routines due to COVID 19
2. Switching from classroom – based learning to online classes
3. Loss of economic security as many parents have faced job losses and/or housing displacement
4. Separation from friends & family
5. Difficulty in adapting to online learning or no longer able to participate in athletic events or extracurricular activities
6. Making sense of the protests that have rocked the nation
7. Rising domestic violence in the homes
8. Emotional issues that are common with young adults as they navigate their teenage years & transition to adulthood
9. Social media
10. Online bullying

The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (BHDD) will host the next in a series of Community Conversations with young adults. The event, called “Talk That Talk”, deals with the social and societal concerns facing young people in the County in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event Date: December 17, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Location: Zoom presentation broadcast thru Fulton County YouTube Channel

YOUTH PARTICIPANTS

Devyn Storm
Devyn Joi Storms is a magnet junior at Westlake High School. Devyn plans on attending an HBCU in hopes of gaining her undergrad degree in Psychology/Biology and later attending medical school for a specialization in Women and Teen Health. Devyn currently serves as a Fulton County Youth Commissioner for District 6, and is also the Youth Commission Clerk.

Johnathan Walker
Jonathan Silas Walker is currently a senior attending D.M Therrell High School. He is a three year honor society member, a part of Therrell’s first International Baccalaureate Class, SGA member, and Varsity Soccer Captain. He also loves to help support the community and uplift everything and everyone that’s a part of it. Jonathan’s future ambitions include graduating in the top percentage of his class and attending a 4 year institution majoring in History.


Kelly Tran
Kelly Tran is currently a junior at Henry W. Grady High School. She enjoys learning about colleges and what they have to offer. Kelly spends her time applying to college for next year in hopes to study pre-law and one day become a lawyer.


HOSTS

Latrina Foster
Director, Fulton County Department of BHDD
Behavioral Health Clinician, LaTrina Foster has substantially expanded mental health, addiction treatment, and alcohol/drug prevention services to Fulton County youth. Her extensive background and accomplishments enable her to identify and address issues that youth have with their behavioral health development.

Natalie Hall
Fulton County Commissioner
As the Executive Sponsor for Fulton County’s Strategic Priority “All People Are Healthy”, Commissioner Hall has worked tirelessly to support programs that benefit children and youth. Her biography on the Fulton County website states that she believes in a holistic approach to health that includes, but is not limited to, having good physical & mental health, access to healthy food, access to quality healthcare, gainful employment, and obtaining overall quality of life that sustains the individual and their family. The Commissioner is uniquely qualified to address the concerns of youth, and discuss how their government and community can provide the support adolescents need to become successful adults.