Social LEADia
Making a Difference On & Offline
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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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…

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 

This episode is full of ideas for building community, kindness, technology, authentic audiences & teachable moments. Connect with Melisa on Twitter @Melisa_Hayes

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…

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.

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. 

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…

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 

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.

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

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…

In this episode, I interview psychotherapist, Lauren Muriello, founder of The Wellbeing Therapy Center. She shares about a unique daily live stream support for teens, Talk About Real Things. We talk anxiety, teens, and parenting. 

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. 

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…

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. 

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…

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…

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. 

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…

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:

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.

Young Ayush Chopra (@Ayushchopra24) shares his passion for #TeachSDGs, is the founder of @SDGSForChildren and is now writing a book for children.

Check out high school student Isaiah Sterling (@isterlingn) and his “Student Voice” perspective on change in education.

In this episode, Josh talks about project based learning and his educational game, Gimkit. You can find Josh at @joshdotjs

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…

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.

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