CMHACY's 43nd Annual Conference

Committing to Mobilizing Hope and Advocacy for Communities and Youth

Elevating Voices, Influencing Progress

Wednesday, May 10 - Friday, May 12, 2023

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2023 CMHACY Conference Keynote Speakers

SOPHIE SZEW WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE WEDNESDAY, 5/10 OPENING PLENARY SESSION

SOPHIE SZEW
Sophie Szew (she/they) is a Los Angeles-born Jewish and Latina mental health activist, writer, and public speaker and an undergraduate student at Stanford University. She was a youth leader at MTV’s Mental Health Youth Action Forum at the White House where she shared her story with President Biden to help guide the administration on how to best serve the needs of youth in the mental healthcare system. Sophie is also a 3-time intern at the U.S. House of Representatives and an internationally recognized poet, winning the 2021 Woorilla Poetry Prize and serving as an inaugural poet for Mayor Karen Bass. Sophie uses knowledge from her own lived experiences in the mental healthcare system to advise numerous organizations on youth mental health including Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, Mental Health America, the California Mental Health Consortium, and NAMI.

MICHAEL BALDWIN WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE THURSDAY, 5/11 OPENING PLENARY SESSION

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After serving 26 years of a double-life sentence Michael was released with a specific goal: to use his life experience to bring healing and understanding to traumatized and marginalized individuals/groups, to bring equity to the community, to redefine Justice, and mend broken relationships. To achieve this, he started MBS Consultants to educate and train teachers, law enforcement, civil servants, and paraprofessionals to be the bridge between those who serve and those in need of services; and founded Legacy Alliance Outreach to serve youth and formerly incarcerated from a heart for humanity by filling the gaps in services provided and services needed.
Michael helps professionals increase their intellectual capacity to think strategically while being emotionally connected to their own humanity for those they serve and work in collaboration with. He emphasizes the principle of looking to be understanding before being understood as the basis and core value in his teaching and presentation style by using mindfulness and restorative practices in a didactic manner that challenges those he comes in contact with to peak outside of their comfort zone.
Legacy Alliance Outreach was born as a direct result of the lack of services Michael received in his youth as well as when he returned after his period of incarceration. His experience positioned him to uniquely understand the needs of disadvantaged youth and the needs of those who are formerly incarcerated. Now as a community member he is doing what he wished could have been done for him.
A few of his most recent accomplishments: 2022 Modesto Hometown Hero, 2021 CMHACY Innovative Program Award, Published Poet, Presenter - 48th Annual Conference Western Society Of Criminology, Keynote Speaker - University Of Michigan - University of North Carolina, Key Presenter - International Voices for Global Change & Policing, and his proudest accomplishment being a grandfather.

JAYDEN LIM WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE FRIDAY, 5/12 CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

JAYDEN LIM

Jayden Lim is an award-winning Pomo activist, leader, and full-time student. Born and raised in the ancestral homeland of her people, Jayden began her community-based service in Santa Rosa. Currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University, she is pursuing two majors: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a focus on politics, policy, and equity, and History with a focus on American Law.

In 2016, Jayden received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award with her mother, Nicole Myers-Lim, from former First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. At this ceremony, Jayden delivered a speech and was granted $10,000 for the local Santa Rosa Ambassadors Program. In 2018, Jayden was a guest speaker for the National Bioneers Conference, which provides space for scientific innovators to discuss the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. She also worked in the California State Capitol for State Assembly Member James Ramos and has actively campaigned to make California switch Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. She also advocates against racism and calls for unity, while also illuminating the hidden history of California and sharing her story of how she has had to grapple with stereotypes and historical trauma to find her identity as a Native youth.

2023 CMHACY CONFERENCE

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