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Social LEADia: Celebrating Awesome on and offline

Social LEADia: Celebrating Awesome on and offline

By Jennifer Casa-Todd
This is Social LEADia, the podcast where we celebrate kids and adults who are making a positive difference on and offline and are changing conversations around using social media for GOOD!
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Episode 18: A Passion for Kindness

Social LEADia: Celebrating Awesome on and offline

Episode 34: Namya Joshi, grade 9 Diana Award Winner & Minecraft EDU wiz
In this episode, I speak with Namya Joshi, an impressive young lady who is the recipient of the 2021 Diana Award, UN Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador and a Minecraft EDU expert who has in-serviced thousands of teachers and created countless lessons. Find her on Twitter at @WonderNamya and her resources and other information can be found on her website:
August 29, 2021
Episode 33: An interview with Global Educational Student Chat Leader
In this episode, Anahit Hakobyan shares how the Global Educational Student Chat has impacted her. Find out more about the chat at and connect with Anahit on Twitter @AnahitH03 
July 29, 2021
Episode 32: Connection, Community & Kindness On and Offline with Melisa Hayes
This episode is full of ideas for building community, kindness, technology, authentic audiences & teachable moments. Connect with Melisa on Twitter @Melisa_Hayes
July 15, 2021
Episode 31: Living Hyphen
In this episode I interview Justine Abigail Yu, founder of Living Hyphen, a community that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians (and Americans). It is a magazine which amplifies the rich inner lives of diverse communities  Living Hyphen Website Podcast Find them on social media channels: @LivingHyphen
June 21, 2021
Episode 30: Student Created Organization --> Bleed the North
These students are passionate about a topic that many people consider taboo. Check out my conversation with Mia and Evelyn from Bleed the North. The event they reference can be found here and takes place on Friday, May 28th, 2021. Instagram: @bleedthenorth Twitter: @bleedthenorth TikTok: @bleedthenorth LinkedIn: @bleedthenorth Facebook: @bleedthenorthon Website: Chuffed (donation platform):
May 27, 2021
Episode 29: A Conversation with Valerie Lewis about Pros In Training (P.I.T.)
Valerie Lewis is an administrator, founder of Pass the Scope EDU, and a new initiative called Pros In Training  which empowers youth by offering mentorship opportunities in the Entertainment Industry. Check out Pros In Training online. 
January 03, 2021
Episode 28: Impact Without Contact
In this episode I speak with an inspiring group of high school students who have created an opportunity for volunteers to support people impacted by Covid19.  Learn more and volunteer by checking out their website here and listen to their podcast here.  Follow Impact Without Contact on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
October 18, 2020
Episode 27: A conversation with Trevor MacKenzie about Inquiry provocations on Instagram
So many of our students (and parents and educators) have moved to Instagram for some of the great features it presents. Trevor talks about how he uses this platform for podcasting and Inquiry provocations. Follow him at @tntmackenzie 
July 31, 2020
Episode 26: Life in Quarantine with Liv McNeil
In this episode, I speak to the grade 9 student who created the film, Numb about Life in Quarantine. You can find her on Instagram @livmcneil_ and  Twitter at @libbyyliv Here is a link to her powerful film.
July 09, 2020
Episode 25: With Amber Coleman Morley (LetsK12Better)
Amber Coleman Morley is the director of social engagement at iCivics, a former teacher, a mom, and the future author of Fearless in the Face of Race published by DBC. Find her at @MomofallCapes Listen to her podcast with her children @LetsK12Better
June 15, 2020
Episode 24: Stay in Touch Initiative
In this episode, I speak with Mila and Matthew, two University of Western students who created a program to help seniors feel connected. They look for submissions of videos, letters, postcards, etc... Check out their website here and check them out on Instagram and Facebook.
May 17, 2020
Episode 23: Talk About Real Things (for Teens)
In this episode, I interview psychotherapist, Lauren Muriello, founder of The Well being Therapy Center. She shares about a unique daily live stream support for teens, Talk About Real Things. We talk anxiety, teens, and parenting. 
March 29, 2020
Episode 22: Carter Compliments
Such a great conversation with a student who has created an Instagram account to compliment the students at his school. Please note that this account is not officially affiliated with the school or District. 
March 01, 2020
Episode 21 : Photography and Empathy
In this episode I interview Michael Hernandez, an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBS Lead Digital Innovator,  and three of his students: Vanessa Lulla, Jennifer Kerr, and Sarah Harati and talk about a project in which students interviewed someone they didn't know to unpack assumptions about them. You can search the #mchsphoto hashtag to see all of the students' daily challenge photos.  Here is a link to one of the ebooks mentioned in the episode. You can find Michael on Twitter: @cinehead, Instagram: @changing.the.narrative
February 19, 2020
Episode 20: Ethan Duncan
Loved my conversation with 15 year old Ethan Duncan who is trying to push up against stereotypes of male dancers with his YouTube channel. You can find him on Twitter (@Glitcher1313) and check out his YouTube channel here. 
January 20, 2020
Episode 19: Adam Hill & Media By Example
In this episode I talk with Adam Hill (@AdamHillEDU), a PYP educator and award-winning education blogger from the UK, now working in Hong Kong. Media By Example is his Google Certified Innovator project that was born at the Sydney Innovator Academy in May 2019.
December 22, 2019
Episode 18: A Passion for Kindness
Author Tamara Letter shares about the kindness Passion projects and her ideas for building a culture of kindness in time for World Kindness day (and every day). Check her out on Instagram & Twitter (@TamaraLetter) or Join her Facebook group, A Passion for Kindness. She also uses the hashtag #PassionforKindness to share out kindness ideas. 
November 13, 2019
Episode 17: Wonder Ananya's journey to self-publishing
Most of us dream of writing a book. This 11 year old made it happen. Connect with her on Twitter @WonderAnanya and check out her book Save our Planet, on Amazon. 
October 19, 2019
Episode 16: This Club Saves Lives
My conversation with the past and current president of ThisClubSavesLives from Carmel High School is awesome. You can find them at on Twitter at @ThisClubSavesLives on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Connect with them to start your own club. 
September 22, 2019
Episode 15: Keeley Aird & STEM Kids Rock
Keeley Aird is the co-founder of @StemKidsRock (with her brother Aidan who you might remember from Social LEADia) and an advocate for women in STEM. Here are a few of her recommendations for awesome women in STEM: @heysciencesam @BMSchmidt @CylitaGuy @azshirzadi @KarenMortfield @Bluebird__47 @EugeniaDuodu @allouttalemons @MarianneMader @SciCommSara @nmpanek @PatriciaRea20 @fielding16 @vickyyyf @this_is_farah @DrLarissaV @DoinaOncel @lina_elfaki @KrishanaSankar @JFVandermeij @JenZomederis @paisley_c @catmazhar @b_muscateer @hiNicoleAnthony @OuiSTEMAcademy @Lotus_STEMM @MegtheSpacie @seeitbeitstemit  @Thepurplelilac @campengies
August 18, 2019
Episode 14: Artfulouie
In this episode I chat with Louie DaCosta (@artfulouie)and his mom Diana (@dmdacosta13) who speak about Louie's YouTube channel, Saturday Sketches and his mom's mentoring role. You can find his YouTube channel here.
July 31, 2019
Episode 1: Olivia Van Ledtje
Check out the first episode featuring @TheLivBits She will inspire you as she has inspired many.
June 16, 2019
Episode 2: Alicia Pascual
In this episode, you will hear about @aliciajpascual 's Youth for Reconciliation Instagram project.
June 16, 2019
Episode 3: Ayush Chopra
Young Ayush Chopra (@Ayushchopra24) shares his passion for #TeachSDGs, is the founder of @SDGSForChildren and is now writing a book for children.
June 16, 2019
Episode 4: Isaiah Sterling
Check out high school student Isaiah Sterling (@isterlingn) and his "Student Voice" perspective on change in education.
June 16, 2019
Episode 5: Josh Feinsilber
In this episode, Josh talks about project based learning and his educational game, Gimkit which is a great tool for review, assessment, and fun! You can find Josh at @joshgimkit
June 16, 2019
Episode 6: Upstander Brand
In this episode I speak with Margaret Atkinson's (@fmargret) class about their Upstander brand project. Connect with them on Twitter @UpstanderBrand and check out Real World Scholars @RWScholars who have provided the class with #EdCorps grants in order to be able to do this work.
June 16, 2019
Episode 7: ONEDSschat
In this episode, I chat with Allison Fuisz and Rylin W who are members of a student-led twitter chat, ONEdSschat which give voice to students and the topics they care about.
June 16, 2019
Episode 8: Change Impacting Toronto Youth (CITY)
In this episode I interview students from John Polanyi Collegiate Institute's Change Impacting Toronto Youth (CITY) club. Find out more about their YYZ t-shirts and their past and present initiatives at
June 16, 2019
Episode 9: Rebecca Chambers & Students at John McCrae SS
In this episode I speak with Rebecca Chambers and her students Mackenzie,  Rebecca  Hayley, and Renee about how they "fail to learn".  If people are interested in seeing the evolution of their passion based classroom they can check out Rebecca Chamber's blog here .
June 16, 2019
Episode 10: 4th Grade Innovators & 5th Grade Futurists (Student Podcasting)
In this episode Grayson McKinney (@GMcKinney2) and Zach Rondot (@mrrondot) and I talk about the "4th Grade Innovators" and the "5th Grade Futurists" and their journey to podcasting with their students. Be sure to check out the podcasts and connect with them. 
June 16, 2019
Episode 12: Award Winning Culture Podcast
In this episode, I get to speak with Audrey F and Brayden P as well as their teacher-advisor, Hans Appel (@hansappel094) about The Award Winning Culture Podcast.  You can find them online at @awculture and @EMSWildcats1 on Twitter, and EMS Wildcats on Facebook. 
June 16, 2019
Episode 11: Nate and the Show About Politics
In this episode I speak to the adorable 8 year old Nate who talks to us about meeting Ellen, his first podcast, The Show about Science and his new podcast The Show about Politics. Follow him on Twitter @NatePolitics 
June 16, 2019
Episode 13: SWAT Tech team
I was excited to chat with Julie and Jillian Parsons and their teacher mentor, Tisha Poncio, who spoke about the SWAT tech team: what it is, and what impact it has made. You can find out more about them by checking out all of their social media accounts here:  Tisha's email is: 
June 16, 2019