SYDNEY LIEBES: TRAINER FOR THE MIND, BODY & POSITIVE SOUL

My name is Sydney. I live in West Hollywood, California and I’ve been personal training here for about 9 years. I started when I was in college because I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. I spoke to my orthopedic surgeon and he said that when you’re 18, you’re allowed to get certified to become a trainer and you can start working with patients in a clinical setting. That clinical setting can be the gym, eventually you can get a job at a physical therapy clinic and you’ll have something to talk about in your college interviews or your med school interviews. I thought it was a great idea, so as soon as I turned 18, for my birthday my mom got me the certification course. My mom bought me my first business cards when I was 12 years old. She’s always been advocating and she’s a huge feminist like, “Work first, education second,” and I obviously wanted both.

MARISSA HERSH: MILLENNIAL PHILANTHROPIST

“My day job is as a community manager for an organization called One for Democracy, which is a pledge that asks people to give one percent of their assets to democracy work. My night job is also in the philanthropy world – I work on personal and family philanthropy, and I volunteer with an organization called Resource Generation, which is a membership community of people 18-35 years old with wealth or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.”

KRISTIN SIMMONS: VISUAL ARTIST

“My name is Kristin Simmons. I’m a practicing visual artist, specializing in painting, printmaking, and mixed media. And my work surrounds itself with this question of appetites and this pleasure/pain paradox that we live in, in this modern society of ‘when is enough ever enough’ and learning what it means to exist as a millennial female consumer in this day and age.

SIMONE BILES & NAOMI OSAKA

Although Minority Mental Health Month has come to a close, it is important to continue to acknowledge the importance of this topic in our society and pop culture. Recently, gymnast Simone Biles made a statement expressing that she would be stepping back from the Olympics in order to prioritize her mental health. As Biles is…

MAUD ARNOLD: ON MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH

This week, as Minority Mental Health Month Awareness comes to a close, we featured Maud Arnold who shares with us how she seeks and prioritizes joy year round. Read or listen along below!

The Y: Davion Alston

The Y’s Adinawa Adjadbodjou interview with Photographer and Award-winning Artist, Davion Alston.

CLAIRA JANOVER: SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST

Something that’s always been very meaningful to me is being opinionated, outspoken, and having conversations that I think a lot of people don’t have because it’s draining, exhausting, and sort of provocative to reconcile with.