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This is Power Your Story, a podcast made for students by students at Ray Graham Training Center High School in Chicago. Representing diverse voices, we tell real life stories through the power of podcasting technology, interviews, and round table discussions..

Production support from After School Matters and Andrea Klunder from The Creative Impostor Studios via the Podcast Tech: Power Your Story program.

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May 23, 2023

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we know it's an important topic for teens around the world. Elvis, Emerie, Alejandro, and Jules interviewed Ashley Scott, a Chicago-based peer support specialist, mental health advocate, artist, fashion design student, and Lego fan. We talked about her career path, what it takes to work in mental health and how her own self-care practices.

Ashley tells personal stories about anxiety, depression, and recovery. We touch on suicide and suicidal ideation. We know these topics can be difficult to talk or think about, but we also believe it's important to have the conversation.

Take care of yourself and we hope you listen all the way through. This is a joyful and compassionate conversation that we hope encourages and inspires you.


If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call 988 immediately.

Also check out: No Shame on U

For mental health concerns, feeling depressed or anxious please seek out resources in your area. Talk to someone you trust.

Chicago Resources:

City of Chicago Teen Support 

NAMI Chicago Youth


Sista Afya Community Mental Wellness

For more info about advocacy, Ashley recommends:

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Health

DBSA Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

This episode features Jules, Elvis, Emerie, and Alejandro.



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YouTube: After School Matters - Power Your Story Podcast


Power Your Story is produced by students in the Podcast Tech & Production programs of After School Matters in Chicago. We represent diverse voices, telling our real life stories through the power of podcasting technology.

Each season features a new group of student producers under the mentorship of producer, Andrea Klunder of The Creative Impostor Studios, creating personal journals, interviews, and discussions about the topics that matter most to us.

Our theme music is by DJ Sparkz.