Empower teens to seek mind wellness support and follow their dreams.
Debunk the stereotype that teenagers are “overly emotional, dramatic, lazy” etc.
Celebrate teen music and the awesomeness that are teenagers.
Connect with teen-centered programs, organizations and advocates to change the culture around teen mental health.
Organize a teen mind wellness music festival where teen bands perform and teen-centered organizations and advocates provide information and resources.
How did the TMRW project start?
For years, I’ve been wanting to create a project dedicated to supporting teen mind wellness. I’ve lived with depression since I was a teen and music got me through tough times –it still does–so I knew I wanted to music to be a foundational aspect of the project.
The idea for this project sparked in the spring of 2017, when I happened upon teen funk blues band Foxy Apollo (@foxyapollo) at a show in Seattle. I was blown away by their talent. Their dedication and conviction in their music were palpable.
By the end of their set, I knew I wanted to reach out to them and other teen musicians and talk to them about their music as well as their experiences and thoughts about mental health.
In order to discover and understand what kinds of mental health issues teenagers are up against in today’s technology-dense society, I need to go to the source.
It’s also important to get a more holistic view of teen mind wellness so I have also been in touch with adult musicians and parents of teens.
If I want to advocate for teens, I need help from the experts – Teenagers.
Read the first teen band interview with the gents of Foxy Apollo (Sam Ashkenazy and Satchel Schwartz.)
Who created TMRW?
Thanks so much for being here. My name is Odawni (O-dawn-EE). I’m Filipina-American and grew up overseas in Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan and The Philippines.
I’m a musician, poet, writer, researcher, cat fanatic *meow*, and a staunch advocate for teens and teen mind wellness.
I earned my Masters in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2017 with the intention of becoming a licensed therapist. During my internship, I realized that I want to support people outside of a clinical environment.
It’s important to tackle the misunderstanding and dire lack of support for teen mental health however possible, and music speaks to people, especially teens, in a way that nothing else can.
Music is a potent way to connect with teenagers as well as a powerful tool for teenagers to express themselves and channel their emotions.
Thus far, I’ve met some amazing teens and adult advocates. Their enthusiasm and support are a testament to the importance, need and potential of this project.
I’m excited to collaborate with teens, parents/caregivers, mental health advocates, community leaders and organizations in the joint effort to bring attention to and support for teen music and mind wellness.
Wanna join me? Let’s chat.