Second Story's Podcast
We think of each person's life as having a "first story," and a "second story." Your first story is marked by the setting you were born into: your parents, your community, your level of opportunity, mostly things you can't change. Your "second story," on the other hand, is the new chapter you get to write yourself: your career, your own family, your goals, and your dreams.
Second Stories is dedicated to telling stories of people who had first stories full of hardship and hopelessness, yet were able to change the narrative and write a new one. They're stories of resilience and hope, but also tributes to the people and experiences and organizations that made it possible for them to start again.
Find each episode here, plus some more information and photos about each of our guests.
COVID-19: Meghan (VP of Residential Services) and Youth Homelessness
In this episode we talk with Meghan Huebner, who talks about some of the unique challenges for youth and families experiencing homeless during the pandemic and how Second Story has been able to safely support the youth in our programs.
Jimena is a young mother, working hard to provide for her two children. In many ways her life is what she hoped it would be, but it wasn't always like that. Jimena experienced homelessness for nearly five years and her story gives us an important look at what it's like to be homeless as a young person.
COVID-19: Nandred (VP of Community-Based Services) and Vulnerable Communities
In this episode we’re speaking to Nandred, Second Story’s Vice President of Community Based programs. We talk about some of the “most vulnerable” in our communities and how they have been affected by the pandemic.
COVID-19: Cathy Benn (Senior Therapist) and Mental Health
Cathy Benn, our Senior Therapist, talks to us about the relationship between COVID-19 and mental health and why this has been an especially challenging time for the young people we serve.
Topical Episode: Youth Disconnection & Foster Care
Anne Kim is a journalist, author, and fountain of wisdom and insight on youth issues. Her book Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection explores a sobering reality: that nearly five million young people, nearly 12 percent of youth aged sixteen to twenty-four, experience disconnection and abandonment as they enter adulthood.
Caitlin's story sheds light on an important group: teenagers in foster care and otherwise disconnected youth, and she introduces us to all that these young people have many times endured and also all that they have to offer us.
COVID-19: Judith Dittman (CEO) and Second Story’s Response
We’re starting off this season with a special episode about COVID-19 and its impact on our work and young people in our community.
Second Stories Season Three
Season three of Second Stories brings you more stories from youth in our community as well as a focus on some of the important issues that put young people in vulnerable positions - things like homelessness, abuse, and mental health challenges, plus more information on how COVID-19 has impacted our work.
Renée has a law degree, a masters degree, and a PhD. She also was born into poverty. She was a single parent. She was abused. She was a college dropout. We see in her a world changer as much as we see her early disadvantages, and in that we are hopeful.
Topical Episode: Family Trauma
Tina Seeley, Program Manager for Second Story for Teens in Crisis, Lucy, from our last episode, and Lucy’s mom, Penny, join us today to talk about family trauma -- what it can mean for young people, and the ways that families can work to create supportive and understanding places to thrive together.
Lucy’s story is remarkably normal. In many ways, she gives voice to our collective experience. She relives something that is familiar for many of us, and forces us not to write off our pain even if it’s “normalized.” She reminds us that pain doesn’t have to be unique or unusual or diagnosable to be valid.
Topical Episode: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Cathy Benn, Second Story’s senior therapist, joins us to tell us about PTSD – its causes, symptoms, and the way it affects victims. Chrystel will tell us about her experience and together they will continue to process working through, and healing from, trauma.
Today's story looks at something major, what came and went as a huge news story for most of us, and zooms all the way in at one person's experience. Because even when we talk about issues and epidemics, they are, at their core, a collection of stories and experiences, and they're completely more personal than we often make them seem.
Topical Episode: Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 10 million people a year are physically abused by an intimate partner, and young women, between the ages of 18 and 24, are the most common victims. In this episode Angel, Program Manager for Second Story for Young Mothers, shares some more information about how abuse affects specifically young women while Bree reflects on how some of the broader stats and facts feel personal for her.
At a young age Bree saw most of the things she thought could count on fall away. But rather than focusing on the present that betrayed her, Bree was brave enough to look to the future that she dreamt of. This is a story of how a young woman, in the midst of hardship, chose to keep going, full of tenacity and hope.