Julian Villegas, the Chairman of The Better Mindset, is an aspiring junior who attends American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. Julian is passionate about an array of things, including music, acting, and his most notable, helping other people cope with typical teenage mental disorders. Known for expressing his opinions and his determination through whatever he works on, Julian has taken the journey with his hardworking team to prepare and construct the organization from the ground up. Along with his teammates and his perseverance, he will work to make the organization beneficial to all that are insecure about any aspect of mental health, to make their life experience smoother…one step at a time.
Ashley Kampeas, Vice Chairman of The Better Mindset is excited to be working on this very important project, bringing awareness to the importance of mental health. Volunteering and helping others has always been a priority for her … this year she earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She has volunteered for numerous organizations including Friendship Circle, Junior Achievement, and LifeNet 4Families. She believes that mental health is a very important topic and should be addressed in every school. She is excited to work with an amazing team and hopes this website will positively impact others.
Ryan Hoffman, the secretary of The Better Mindset, is a high school student at NSU University School in Davie, Florida. In school, her interests include psychology, early childhood education, and math. When she is not in school, you can often find her dancing and teaching at Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre. Dance is a huge part of her life and has been her passion since a young age. She is also a part of Youth Leadership Broward, class 34. She is very excited about working on this project and being the secretary of her group. She can’t wait to see the progress that this website will make in our community.
Teen mental health education advocate, Adam Avin, created the Wuf Shanti Children’s Wellness Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to teach mindfulness and social emotional learning, so children 3-17 can live in health, wellness, peace, and positivity. These techniques help kids stay physically fit, mentally less stressed, able to cope with emotions and stress, and interact with kindness. Adam also founded the Kids’ Association for Mindfulness in Education, and the online Mindful Kids Peace Summit, for middle and high schools all over the world. Adam is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens, Kidding Around Yoga, and the Emotion Code. He also recently gave a TEDxYouth@KC Talk about getting mindful and social emotional learning programs into our educational system, why mental health education is so important to stopping the violence, and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world. He is also on the Superintendent’s Mindfulness Initiative Committee to help get these programs into schools.