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Meet The People: Harper Watters, Dancer + Pride Collaborator

Harper Watters is an accomplished dancer, a soloist who dances with the Houston Ballet. His audience, however, isn’t limited to Texas—he’s also known for the viral videos in which he appears on a treadmill in pink platform heels, the first of which garnered over a million views. His YouTube series The Pre Show gives a glimpse into the lives of professional dancers. This year, Watters collaborated with YTTP to celebrate Pride. Get to know him here. 

Good News: Protesting Is Working

Protests have erupted in all 50 U.S. states and at least 20 countries across the world, from Japan to Brazil to Senegal to Hungary. And what we’re doing—from protests to petitions to phone calls—is working. Though the road continues ahead of us, we’re seeing results from the pressure of our actions unfold by the day. We’re using this space to chronicle the positive outcomes of protests worldwide. 

Anti-Racist Resources

We now face what is hopefully a progression toward the dismantling of systemic racism. To make real change, educating ourselves to be better equipped in tough conversations is key. So is voting come November. So are the dollars you spend.

Youth To The People has donated  $50,000 across Black Lives Matter, Black Girls Code, and the NAACP. Our team is committed to continuing the conversation within our company and on our platforms, and we invite you to join us. This is a living list of resources, and as we become aware of more we’ll continue to add them here.

Repairing My Negative Body Image, One Step at a Time

I became obsessed with my appearance at a young age. saw a warped reflection of myself whenever I looked in a mirror, and for years I struggled with depression, anxiety, and, most of all, a negative body image. When I turned 18 my current agency contacted me for representation. They stand for dismantling beauty standards, combatting tokenism, and supporting healthy lifestyles for their models. Today, I’m still repairing a distorted mental picture of myself and breaking negative thought patterns, and I’m improving, step by step. 

How to Make Easy Plant-Based "Eggs" at Home

Below are the steps you should follow to create a simple plant-based scrambled “eggs” plate for a breakfast or brunch situation! The steps listed here are to be interpreted with your own creativity—feel free to add whatever makes our stomach happy! Enjoy...

Living with HIV and Riding to End It

In the first few years after diagnosis, I focused so much on fixing myself, and that was okay. Now, though, it is time for me to help other people, and that’s why I decided to participate in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride, a seven day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Joy, Heartbreak, Wine, and Love: An Oral History of Motherhood

Motherhood is complicated and multifaceted, so with gratitude to the mothers who are part of the YTTP family, we invited them to break it down for us themselves. Here, they write on motherhood, its joys, fears, hopes, and heartbreaks, and what they need most. 

Self-Connection Through Fire

I grew up in a small town, surrounded by foliage, wildlife, and a strong community in Cedar Key, a cluster of little islands in the Gulf of Mexico. I feel grounded when I return to nature. Living now in South Florida, I find other ways to stay connected to myself—my favorite is pyrography. 

How a Yoga Practice Keeps Me Connected During Social Distancing

When the world feels like it’s spinning out of control, my yoga instructor holds a safe space for people to release. For a little over a year now, these classes have helped me through hard times and encouraged me to get to know myself better. During shelter in place orders, it has ensured that we still get to connect virtually.

Tools for Prioritizing Your Mental Health in a Pandemic

We’re in the middle of uncertain times, with circumstances outside of our control—so I want to check in with you. Close your eyes, how do you feel? How does your body feel? Is your mind wandering? Are your muscles tense? Those physical feelings, fears, worries, and concerns are all valid. Do not prevent yourself from feeling, both positive and negative. Do not prevent those around you from feeling, even if their feelings vary from your own. We all experience and express ourselves in different ways—all of these are okay. Remember, too, how we are all in this together. 

Meet The People: Matt Meinhardt Brings Mindfulness to Every Interaction—Including Bartending

Matt Meinhardt is an artist, model, and craft bartender, and appeared in our campaign for the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial. “What drives me within these fields and beyond is exploring and advancing them with freedom of discovery,” he says. Here, Meinhardt unpacks his surprisingly recent discovery of self-care, and the importance of mindful interaction—"the thoughtfulness in your execution of whatever it is that you're doing is a reflection of how you lead your life,” he says.