Win This Year

Win This Year

Win This Year is the official podcast of notMYkid, a national 501(c)3 prevention nonprofit dedicated to inspiring positive life choices by educating parents, preteens, teens, families, and educators on the mental health and behavioral health challenges facing our youth today. Win This Year shares information, inspiration, and strategies for parents and educators on the topics of substance use, suicide, bullying, internet safety, social media, body image, relationships, anxiety, self-injury, depression, and more. This podcast features conversations with experts in the field of prevention as well as individuals with significant professional and/or personal experience with our topics. While the topics we discuss are serious, we are focused on the solutions, and will approach each subject in the most positive way possible. We're aiming to be informative, interesting, and inspiring.... Show More

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September 15, 2020 42 min

After losing her young adult son to a heroin overdose, Monica Tipton has courageously used her experience and knowledge to change the landscape of substance use recovery through awareness, understanding, and combating stigma.  In this episode, she shares the story of the loss of her son and her personal journey to healing and helping others.   

As a community leader and prior business owner, Monica Tipton has spent more than 20 year...

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In 2020, Back To School time looks very different than it has in any other year.  Parents and kids are feeling increased levels of stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.  In this episode, Michael Klinkner gives strategies for parents, guardians, and other adults to reduce stress and help kids succeed and remain physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. 

Michael Klinkner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  He c...

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As a high school senior, Steve Sconzert's choices with alcohol and marijuana led to a serious car accident that left him permanently paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Determined to regain his independence, he learned how “mindset is more powerful than circumstance”, and lives that motto to this day. Through his own life experiences, Steve's desire is to inspire others to own their story, see beyond limitations, and make empowe...

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After discovering alcohol at an early age, Pedro F. thought he had found the answer to his problems.  But as things progressed quickly in high school, he found himself struggling and facing thoughts of suicide.  Some unexpected sources managed to convince him to get help, and he turned his life around before heading to college.  Now nearing 25 years in recovery, he shares his experience and wisdom with us in this episode of "Wi...

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By the age of 22, Matt Miller had faced more adversity than many people face in a lifetime.  But a near-death experience from a mountain climbing accident, frostbite, amputations, and more than 10 surgeries would still not be his biggest challenge.  In this episode, Matt talks about how he overcame adversity and addiction and now uses his experiences to help others. 

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Among all the recent negative news as a result of COVID-19, there are shining examples of people using the situation as an opportunity to help others and show kindness.  We've compiled a variety of recent stories illustrating the positive response to the pandemic and the challenges caused by it.  

Contact information, resources and links mentioned in this episode

Amadio Ranch Farm Store story shared by Ahriza Martinez - https://w...

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This simple, effective method can change outlooks and save lives. 

With the recent COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation, the importance of maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health has become even more apparent. One way to take care of those around us is through first aid, including Mental Health First Aid.  In this episode, notMYkid Chief Programs Officer Joronda Montaño discusses how Mental Health First Aid basics work, and h...

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With the recent COVID-19 / Coronavirus, situation, people (kids included) are dealing with yet another layer of stress, and an unfamiliar and unique one at that.  notMYkid has provided a dozen simple, actionable steps that parents can implement immediately to help their preteens and teens stay physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy while navigating difficult times.

These tips are also available as a blog:
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Kathleen Nelson-Simley joins us on this episode of "Win This Year" to discuss how we can help our kids have a clear vision of their future, how our expectations for them can affect that future, and how the example we set for them can make a profound impact as well.

Kathleen is a leading substance use prevention educator, coach and consultant who has trained more than 10,000 people across the globe. Her 34 years of prevention...

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Following recent youth-related news articles about the drug etizolam and the vaping device called Puff Bar, notMYkid brings you a special parent prevention news episode of Win This Year to take a closer look at etizolam and Puff Bars, and to bring them to the attention of parents and those who work with youth. 

Public Information Officer Shane Watson and notMYkid CEO Kristen Polin discuss etizolam, puff bars, and the two recent new...

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Sex trafficking is targeting and exploiting teens and preteens, and the victims of it include kids from all walks of life.  The average age of those entering into sex trafficking in the United States is 13.  This is a dark and dangerous reality, which is why Breanna and Brandon Vales founded the organization Red Light Rebellion to fight and prevent sex trafficking.  They join us on this episode of "Win This Year" to share t...

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Iowa Valley Junior-Senior High School Principal Janet Behrens began a new program at her school this year called "No Phones, New Friends Friday."  After noticing students at lunch looking at their phones the entire time and not communicating with one another, Principal Behrens decided to try a creative approach to change the situation.  Now on Fridays at lunch, the phones are put away, and students are connecting with one a...

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After recognizing the need for more awareness and education on the impact of screen time, video games, and social media on the development and mental health of her students, former school administrator Katey McPherson developed her own national platform to share current research and evidence-based best practices to assist students, parents, and schools as we navigate the new landscape of childhood.

Katey shares her experience, wisdo...

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November 18, 2019 41 min

When Amy Carney and her husband realized their family was disconnected and drifting apart, they packed up their kids into a motorhome and said goodbye to the life they had previously known.  On that journey, Amy learned more about what really matters in life and as a parent.  She has since gone on to write the book "Parent on Purpose: A Courageous Approach to Raising Children in a Complicated World," in order to help other ...

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Maddy Rose had her life turned upside down by bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, diabetes, and heart failure all by the age of 21.  In this episode of "Win This Year," she talks about how she overcame those and other challenges to not only survive but thrive and find happiness and purpose.


Contact information, resources and links mentioned in this episode:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

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Despite facing multiple challenges during her childhood in Los Angeles, Joronda Montaño's determination to help others combined with the support of caring adults in her life to make her the amazing, life-changing individual she is today.  In this episode, Joronda discusses what adults did to help her grow, what parents can do to connect with their kids, and what unique challenges kids growing up today are facing. 


Joronda Monta...

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notMYkid Co-Founder Debbie Moak turned one of her family's challenges into an organization that has reached millions, helped parents and families, and saved numerous lives.  She joins us to discuss the organization's past, present, and future, as well as her tireless ongoing work to help keep kids and families healthy and thriving.  notMYkid CEO Kristen Polin joins us as co-host for this episode as well.

National Suicide Pre...

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After Barry Adkins lost his 18-year-old son Kevin to alcohol poisoning, Barry knew he didn't want to be a victim.  Instead, he hiked 1,400 miles from Arizona to Montana with Kevin's ashes in his backpack, in order to raise awareness and reach as many people as he could with a warning about the dangers of binge drinking.  He has since authored the book "Kevin's Last Walk: A Father's Final Journey With His Son"...

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After growing up in a loving, happy home, Bobby Cording still felt alone and disconnected.  Thinking he had found the answer he was looking for in opioid painkillers, Bobby began a journey that would find him addicted, struggling with school, losing relationships, and facing a major prison sentence.  Find out how Bobby turned his life around, what he does differently today, and what his suggestions are for parents wanting to keep t...

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Bree Pear and Crissy Saint-Massey of Only Human have experienced some of life's most difficult situations: abuse, suicide, bullying, unhealthy relationships, and loss.  Yet through those experiences, they have found resilience and created a platform to help and unite others through their organization Only Human.  In this episode, they share their stories and the victories they've achieved through reminding us that we're...

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