Village Voices by Project Imo

Project Imo, Inc.

Welcome to the Village Voices Podcast by Project Imo a jaunty little relational conservation podcast where we explore topics of outdoor education, positive youth development, community building, nature education, and how they all connect to protect the natural world.

Communicating Science & Building Connections- SciComm & Nature with Emmy Winning Filmmaker Rob Nelson
May 20 2022
Communicating Science & Building Connections- SciComm & Nature with Emmy Winning Filmmaker Rob Nelson
Welcome Villagers, to our jaunty relational conservation podcast where we explore topics of outdoor education, positive youth development, community building, nature education, and how they all connect to protect the natural world. In this episode we connected with behavioral ecologist, Emmy-winning filmmaker, TV show host, educator,  and adventurer, Rob Nelson.  We explore the concepts of science communication, the events in his life that sparked his passion for science and then filmmaking, the positive impact of nature on mental health, our evolutionary drive for interpersonal connections, and advice to budding SciCommers... new word... just made it up. Rob also directs a nonprofit called Untamed Science and leads Stone Age Man on his mission to help people bring back their stone age self. His YouTube channel hosts a treasure trove of amazing educational content. Rob recently won an Emmy for his documentary with the Mississippi River Valley Conservancy, 'Mysteries of the Driftless'. You may recognize Rob from one of his 24 television shows: Secrets of the Underground, Life After Chernobyl, and Man-Eating Python of the Sulawesi. You can learn more and visit Rob online at his website StoneAgeMan and on his YouTube channel.  For now, you're here in the Village and turn up the volume to learn about how we can all connect with each other and nature... and maybe even save the place along the way.
Adventurous Empowerment. Mentoring and Resilience with Clinician Dr. Damion Grasso
Jan 30 2022
Adventurous Empowerment. Mentoring and Resilience with Clinician Dr. Damion Grasso
In this episode, co-hosts Xavier Fowler and Jay Hyland will be speaking with Dr. Damion Grasso as we explore the connections between outdoor adventure programs, building resilience, and the power of relationships to heal from trauma and adversity. This episode includes discussion topics of childhood adversity, trauma, and post-traumatic stress. Take care of yourself as you take this learning journey with us. Damion is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he is co-lead on the Family Adversity and Resilience Research Program. His research spans the development of validated assessment tools, the study of biological and environmental mechanisms associated with stress and trauma, and the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions for trauma-related mental health impairment. Damion also created the Youth Excellence Project in 2014. The Youth Excellence Project is a Connecticut-based, volunteer-run program that engages male teens in outdoor recreation and mentorship with goals to promote health and build resilience in the face of life challenges. Each year the YEP hosts a cohort of 10-12 youths participate in activities that include hiking, camping, paddling, and other outdoor expeditions. Some of these are day trips, others involve overnight stays. In the summer, they embark on a multi-day expedition. They also partner with various other programs such as Project Imo to help provide these amazing and positive mentorship experiences for the teens.