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Our Voices--Amplified

Our Voices--Amplified

By CONA Media
The official podcast of the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs. Our goal is to unite the conference and give a look into all aspects of life as a CONA delegate.
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Kicking Off Our New Season!
We are back and ready for CONA's 2021 virtual conference! This episode is hosted by Riley Potter of Virginia. You'll hear questions and advice from delegates across the conference and join Riley as she sits down with Vunnathi Ankem of Maryland, Alexia Nastasia of Missouri, and Jennifer Martinez of Oklahoma to talk about fake news and its impact on our lives today. We want to hear from you! Send a voice message to Give us your name and delegation, and tell us about the delegate who helped you prepare for CONA 21. Thanks for joining us!
June 19, 2021
Episode 5 is a MEGA-sode!
First off-We apologize for some distortion in the Senior interviews and the Virtual conference segment. We doctored the audio a bit, but there are still some pretty prominent crackles. However, both are great segments that we want you to enjoy! Go back to the Virtual Mountain with us as we wrap up the 2020 season of Our Voices Amplified! We'll reflect on how our different time zones played a part in our conference experience, visit with some outstanding Seniors who will share some secrets of leadership and how CONA has impacted their lives and future plans, talk to some virtual conference pioneers who attended their State conferences online, and dive into one last segment of Dear White America. We hope you've enjoyed this new product as a part of the Blue Ridge Journal family of media! We look forward to hearing your voices--and hopefully seeing your ACTUAL FACES at future conferences!
July 8, 2020
Episode 4-Keeping up with Committees and Dear White America Crosses the Aisle
In this episode, we'll hear voice messages from delegates who want to recognize some great proposals, and we'll get perspective on both sides of First Committee as we talk with Chair Josh Burns of New Mexico and delegate Pavel Shirley of Alabama. We'll celebrate the announcement of General Assembly and Plenary proposals as we talk with New York's Zarib Alam, who'll be presenting in GA and Amy Yang of Kentucky who is going all the way to Plenary.  In today's Dear White America, we'll hear the perspective of race from a Korean American woman and we'll talk about being a white ally. Thank you so much for listening! We can't do this alone, let us hear from you! If you're missing the Blue Ridge Cafeteria, send us a voice message and take a shot at your state chant. If you stir up some blue kool aid and play the chants really loud, it'll feel like home!
July 5, 2020
Episode 3-Misconceptions about Home States, Media, PO Prep and a look at Just Mercy
Welcome back! Today in Episode 3, we'll hear from delegates about the things no one "gets" about their home. We'll also sit down with a couple of Media Delegates to learn how we make the magic. We'll vist with half of our PO panel, and on Dear White America, we'll hear about the movie "Just Mercy". Remember, we want to amplify YOUR voice! Leave us a voice message and tell us about a proposal you loved in committee. Thanks for joining us!
June 28, 2020
Episode 2-Shoutouts, Talking with POs, and The Importance of Background
Welcome to Episode 2! Today we’ll hear shoutouts from delegates who saw great things from other delegates before conference even began! We’ll also sit down with half the PO team and get to know them a little better before the conference kicks off, and our Dear White America segment will focus on the importance of background in the Black experience. We also hear from PO Kate Carpenter about the importance of signing up for the conference talent show! We want to hear from you! Leave us a voice message and tell us the biggest misconception about your home state. We want YOUR voice on our next podcast. Content Warning-There is a description of a racially charged incident at about 25:00. While we do not use the actual language used in the verbal confrontation, listener discretion is advised.
June 26, 2020
Episode 1-Alumni Best Wishes and Dear White America
Welcome to our first ever episode! Today you'll hear some voice messages from CONA alumni with best wishes for our virtual time together. We'll also hear from Kristopher Paige (KY) visit with PO Candice Mulinda and delegate Olivia Mack of LA as they discuss their cultural identity. Our host for this episode is Paine Gronemeyer (VA). Please let us amplify YOUR voice! Leave us a voice message and give a shout out to someone you've met in Proposal Sharing or on the Porch Chats. Let's lift our voices to celebrate these delegates!
June 21, 2020