Notes from Louisville, KY: November Retreat


On November 4th, the What’s the Story? Louisville Youth Community Wellness Advocates (WtSL) team convened in the gallery space of the Green Building near downtown Louisville. Student participants from Fern Creek and Manual High Schools presented their ideas to each other, demonstrating evolving, complex thinking on issues ranging from the urban heat island effect to the promise of alternative healing through music and arts therapy.



Check out the student presentation slides here to see the great range of topics the Louisville students are pursuing.

Moving forward, WtSL participants will have the option to form advocacy teams or continue working individually; project lead Paul Barnwell is excited to see how this unfolds, as this pilot year will help shape future versions of the learning experience. The next face-to-face gathering will take place during the second overnight retreat on January 14th-15th at beautiful Valaterra in neighboring Oldham County.

The WtSL team is also grateful for the ongoing support of the CE&S Foundation, which awarded a generous grant to support the work. In addition, WtSL is still seeking additional readers for student blogs; please contact Paul Barnwell via if interested in connecting with the work.




Tim O'Leary

One Response to “Notes from Louisville, KY: November Retreat

  • Colleen Kiley
    7 years ago


    I was blown away by the student slideshow. Such an amazing range of topics, but also very obvious patterns. I am so excited to see that WtS is expanding to other states.


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