November 5, 2020
7:00 – 7:45 p.m.

Join representatives from Montgomery County Health and Human Services and Montgomery County Public Schools to learn how parents and community providers can help to support young people during this pandemic. We know that social emotional development can be stunted as a result of the stress from COVID and effects of social distancing. This can lead to both risk and resilience. Discuss the short term and long term mental health effects and what you can do to support your child.

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Luis Cardona, Administrator of Positive Youth Development with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Luis Cardona currently is the Administrator for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Positive Youth Development Program. Mr. Cardona has twenty-seven years of experience as a peacemaker, national and international prevention and intervention specialist, practitioner and trainer of healing informed practice working with the National Coalition of Barrios Unidos, the National Compadres Network, and The Professional Community Intervention Training Institute. Mr. Cardona received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from Howard University. Mr. Cardona has done extensive cultural based and healing informed policy work with refugee youth, trauma victims, gangs, neighborhood based crews, child soldiers, and communities exposed to complex trauma as well as advised several local, state, and international governments in Central, South and North America, and multiple school systems around the nation on matters related to developing cultural proficient pedagogy related to serving children and youth exposed to complex trauma, violence, and gangs. Mr. Cardona coaches’ youth basketball and baseball. Mr. Cardona is married, father of four wonderful children and a father figure to many young men and women throughout the nation. Mr. Cardona is a former gang member and ex-offender that turned his life around after being shot five times and losing many of his best friends to the life of gangs, drugs, and crime.

Susan Levine, Guidance Counselor, Montgomery County Public Schools

Susan Levine has worked in education for over 30 years, first in special education, and then as counselor in K-12 for 15 years, and as the Resource Counselor for her schools for 13 years. She holds an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, a masters in School Counseling from George Mason University and received a Certificate in Clinical and Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.  Susan loves working with middle-schoolers because that is where all the good growing happens (and they know the best jokes).



Community Conversations sponsored by:

David Hurwitz, Ameriprise