Hosted by Susan and Terri

At the start of a new year, our guest Helanna reflects on a transition in her life, sharing learning from 17 years running a program growing youth and experiences that motivate and support her movement toward working in healthcare. She finds that these two types of work use different tools and vocabulary, but come from the same place in her mind and heart, where she is guided by her values. 

Helanna Bratman is a GWI Fellow from the 5th cohort and mother of two daughters who was the founding coordinator of the Green Teen Community Gardening Program in Beacon under the auspices of Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County from 2004-2021. She’s worked on farms, counseled teens at a crisis shelter, educated with arts and other orgs, studied photojournalism and humanistic multicultural education, grown vegetables and raised chickens.