Our History

In 2017, Youth Wellness Connection (YWC) was created as a program of the Mental Wellness Center. For the first three years, the Mental Wellness Center contracted and collaborated with Rachael Steidl for the design and implementation of the YWC.

In 2020, the Youth Wellness Connection was rebranded to Wellness Connection. This youth-driven leadership program is committed to raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health in our community. And in fall 2020, the Wellness Connection welcomed 60 local high school students to the leadership council from high schools throughout Santa Barbara County.

In 2021, the Wellness Connection launched a brand new website, visit our homepage and take a tour of our new site today!

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Meet the Wellness Connection Team

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Alexis Malatesta

Mental Wellness Center Education Department Manager 

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Elise Fields

Wellness Connection Facilitator