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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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Camille Simmons

First hour: RCSD Commissioner Camille Simmons on the latest with the board and the district

Second hour: Examining youth mental health in the pandemic era

We continue our series of conversation with Rochester City School District commissioners. Since Superintendent Carmine Peluso announced he will be leaving the district at the end of the school year, board members have discussed next steps, the health of the board, and broader issues affecting the district. This hour, we sit down with Commissioner Camille Simmons to explore her priorities for the coming months. Our guest:

  • Camille Simmons, commissioner for the Rochester City School District

Then in our second hour, “I feel like every relationship I had disappeared during COVID.” That’s what a local teenager said when asked about how the pandemic affected their life. In “Unseen,” the team from Common Ground Health uses case studies and data to examine youth mental health during the pandemic era. We discuss the report and what experts, communities, and young people can do together to help support youth. Our guests:

  • Melanie Funchess, director of mental health and wellness at Common Ground Health
  • Hannah Shippee, program coordinator for the Community Health & Engagement Department at Common Ground Health
  • Calvin Holloway, assistant coordinator for the Youth Voice One Vision program at the City of Rochester and youth mental health advocate
  • Diego Lee, student at Monroe Community College and youth mental health advocate
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.