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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!

Our Voices--Amplified

Episode 5-Good-bye until next year!
Here's another episode to help out with any post-CONA depression you might feel! Sindyha Atturu of OK is your host today and we'll hear from Riley Potter of VA as she talks with MN State Director Orville Lindquist and Kaylynne Keyrouze of PA to find out if it even matters if you're YIG or YAG. We'll also hear from WA's Ann Duan who interviewed YUSA's Derek Summerville and Devontae Lacasse about how you can take your YAG/YIG/CONA experience into your community to create a better world. We've loved serving the conference this year and want to thank you for listening! As always, remember to head over to our website at and click the media tab to look at our fabulous blog, read our amazing articles, witness some crazy good graphics, catch our mind boggling videos, and of course never miss an episode of the Blue Ridge Journal’s official podcast, Our Voices - Amplified. Thank you so much for listening and keep raising those voices CONA delegates!
July 6, 2021
Episode 4-Pickle Ice Cream and Love Knows No Limits
Episode 4 is hosted by Kaylynne Keyrouze of PA and Owen Hewitt of TN. They'll catch up with MD's Sasha Shishov who'll tell the story of two delegates who found the power of culture in a friendship and we'll welcome back Riley Potter of VA as she sits down with Violet Hamlin of NY and Angelena Novatney of FL as they talk about their proposals aimed at improving rights for the LGBT+ community. We want to hear from more of you! All delegates, alumni, and friends should send story ideas, shout-outs, or just wishes for a great conference. Please send them as a voice memos or another recording method and email it to In your message, state your name, delegation, and how many years you’ve attended the conference. Thanks for listening! Please subscribe and share!
June 29, 2021
Episode 3-Civility and Division in the Social Media Era and a little Alumni Love!
Relax and enjoy this episode hosted by Sean Ferris from the Commonwealth of Virginia!  Today Ann Duan (WA) sits down with Alexandar Church, Athvait Manikantan, Kemper Cole, and Terra Pilch-Bisson to reflect on how the algorithms are tearing us apart AND we'll hear from some CONA Alumni (maybe even a certain former Conference Director) welcoming us into the longstanding tradition of CONA excellence. We want to hear from more of you! All delegates, alumni, and friends should send story ideas, shoutouts, or just wishes for a great conference. Please send them as a voice memo or another recording method and email it to In your message, state your name, delegation, and how many years you’ve attended the conference.  Thanks for listening!
June 27, 2021
Episode 2-Some Pre-Conference Encouragement
Episode 2 is here to soothe your pre-conference jitters. Let's get excited! Our host, Ann Duan of the Washington delegation, welcomes a roundtable of youth governors led by Kaylynne Keyrouze of PA.  We'll hear from Mason Hill (MD), Zach Donaldson (PA), Kemper Cole (DE), Terra Pilch-Bisson (WA), and Aishwarya Swamidurai (OK). We'll also hear voice messages from Hinke Younger (VA), Jonah Wooley (PA) and Hannah Blosser (VA). Let us hear your voice! If you have a story idea, a shout out, or just wishes for a great conference, send them as a voice memos or another recording method and email it to In your message, state your name, delegation, and how many years you’ve attended the conference.
June 25, 2021
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