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growing up gen z

growing up gen z

By You're Not Alone

Our lives are full of filters—from the filters we use on Instagram to the filters we put on ourselves to mask our lives. You're Not Alone is a youth-led organization that aims to help teens feel less alone in their struggles through various forms of creative expression. "growing up gen z" is a podcast for teens to discuss their unfiltered takes on a wide variety of topics, from body image to relationships and more!
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new season! summer recap & school year goals
new season! summer recap & school year goals
Welcome to Season 2 of our podcast! We're back with a new set of co-hosts—Kei, Sammie, Wilson, and Gia—who are all excited to continue spreading positivity on this platform. Some more about us: Hi! My name is Kei, I’m a senior at Phillips Academy, and I’m from NY. I was born in Tokyo and have loved eating Japanese food ever since; my favorite is ramen. Also, I enjoy playing the violin, listening to any and all kinds of music, and watching sports with my friends. Hey! My name is Sammie and I’m currently a senior. I’m from Colorado, so I love skiing, snowboarding, skating, and pretty much any outdoor sport you could think of. Hey guys! My name is Wilson and I am a sophomore. I am from China and currently live in Canada. I love to make origami and listen to music in my free time. Hi everyone, I'm Gia and I'm excited to be back on this podcast! Like Kei, I enjoy playing the violin and listening to music. I also love to journal, dance, and play with my dog in my free time.  (Gia's mic is wonky in this episode but we promise things will only get better from here.) We hope you enjoy our episode!!
26:35
September 25, 2022
Summer Tips Unfiltered
Summer Tips Unfiltered
Hey everyone! This was actually recorded before summer vacation (back in June), so please enjoy this belated take on our summer goals and time management. Though summer has ended, join us as co-hosts Gia, Karis, Ryan, Kayla, and Immanuella share their long-term planning and goal-setting tips: vital for a productive holiday and school year :) Follow our Instagram, @gugzpodcast and You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro & outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_. We hope you enjoy it!
25:07
October 04, 2021
Social Media Unfiltered
Social Media Unfiltered
Hi everyone! While the pandemic certainly highlighted the advantages of our technological advantages, the internet and social media has served as a detriment to many's self-esteem and confidence. This episode discusses how we've struggled with and overcame the lasting effects of social media. Hopefully our personal experiences are something that listeners - no matter their age - can empathize with.  Follow our Instagram, @gugzpodcast and You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro & outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_. We hope you enjoy it!
30:26
October 04, 2021
Mental Health Unfiltered
Mental Health Unfiltered
Hey y'all! We actually recorded this back in May, during Mental Health Awareness Month, so here's a very belated episode on Mental Health. Join Co-hosts Gia, Karis, Ryan, Kayla, and Immanuella converse about their experiences and thoughts regarding mental health. Please know that you are not alone in your struggles, and that the prevalence of mental health is something that should be highlighted in not just May, but in any time of the year. Follow our Instagram, @gugzpodcast and You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro & outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_. We hope you enjoy it!
33:49
October 04, 2021
Dealing with Insecurities - Immanuella
Dealing with Insecurities - Immanuella
Hi everyone! This is Immanuella and for my personal episode, I'll be discussing the ways I have been dealing with insecurities and why we're so insecure all the time. I hope this episode can be helpful to everyone out there who are also struggling with feeling content and secure. I just wanted to remind everyone that you're not alone (as usual), and while this is a personal episode, I am sure many other listeners are dealing with these issues too. I hope you enjoy listening!
13:39
October 04, 2021
Loneliness and No Friends with Gia
Loneliness and No Friends with Gia
This is the first episode in our series of individual podcasts recorded by each of our GUGZ hosts. Gia discusses dealing with loneliness throughout middle & high school and how You're Not Alone (& this podcast!) came to be. We hope you enjoy the episode! Follow Gia on Instagram @giashin_
18:29
October 04, 2021
Growing Up in a Conservative Household—Kayla
Growing Up in a Conservative Household—Kayla
Hi guys—It's Kayla, and in this episode I'll be sharing my experiences growing up in a rather conservative/sheltered household. Although having conservative parents is neither too uncommon or common, I believe that many of you will end up relating to the contents of the podcast, especially because it ended up being a more general talk about safety in a strict environment, gender inequality/disparity within households, how to cope if you can't turn to your parents, etc.  Follow our Instagram, @gugzpodcast and You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro & outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_. We hope you enjoy it!
16:20
October 04, 2021
Time Management Unfiltered
Time Management Unfiltered
With the start of the new school year, many have found themselves struggling to adjust to the sudden changes in their schedule. You are not alone in these struggles -- this episode will discuss each host's takes on time management and finding that perfect balance between work and social life. Hope you enjoy the episode! Follow our Instagram @gugzpodcast and our larger organization, You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro and outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_
39:34
October 04, 2021
Toxic Masculinity Unfiltered
Toxic Masculinity Unfiltered
Welcome to our fourth episode. Today, co-hosts Gia, Karis, Kayla, Ryan, Immaneulla, and special guest Andy discuss their takes on toxic masculinity and their personal experiences with it. We hope that our stories can resonate and help those who've experienced toixc masculinity. Hope you enjoy the episode! Follow our Instagram @gugzpodcast and our larger organization, You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro and outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_
38:47
October 04, 2021
Pretty Privilege Unfiltered
Pretty Privilege Unfiltered
*Pretty* deep episode (no pun intended). Co-hosts Gia, Karis, Kayla, Ryan, and Immaneulla discuss their takes on pretty privilege and their personal experiences with it. They also touch upon Western and Eastern beauty standards, as well as toxic masculinity. Hope you enjoy the episode! Follow our Instagram @gugzpodcast and our larger organization, You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro and outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_ 
37:00
October 04, 2021
Friendships Unfiltered
Friendships Unfiltered
It's been a while since we published an episode! Welcome to our 2nd episode, where co-hosts Gia, Karis, Ryan, Kayla, and Immanuella talk about all things related to friendships. From toxicity to dealing with loneliness to defining the boundaries between romantic and platonic interest, you'll want to hear it all! Follow our Instagram, @gugzpodcast and You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org. A special thank you to Aloeveria for producing our intro & outro soundtrack! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_. We hope you enjoy it!
54:09
March 27, 2021
Valentine's Day Unfiltered
Valentine's Day Unfiltered
Welcome to our first episode of "growing up with gen z"! In this episode, co-hosts Gia, Karis, Kayla, Immanuella, and Ryan discuss their takes on Valentine's Day, toxic relationships, sexuality, self-love, and everything in between. Follow our Instagram @gugz.podcast and our larger organization, You're Not Alone @urnotalone_org A special thank-you to Aloeveria for producing our intro & outro soundtracks! Follow your hosts on Instagram: @giashin_ @karisscho @klhrcn @immanuellaind @ryank11_ We hope you enjoy!!
42:30
February 14, 2021