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Maria Santana

Associate, Marketing & Communications / Staff

Maria’s primary focus at Hopelab is to advocate a youthful and authentic voice while giving teens and young adults a platform to share their health stories. Combining her experience in social media strategy and content creation, Maria manages the Hopelab’s social media presence by working closely with project teams and partner organizations. Earning her B.A. in Strategic and Corporate Communication from Chapman University, she plays a dynamic role in monitoring in-house events as well as external conferences. Maria was born and raised in the Bay Area thrilled to be empowering young people.

Content written by Maria Santana

May We All Take Care of Our Mental Health
Mental Health

The Hopelab staff and young adult advisory council drops their wisdom and provides tips for taking care of your mental health during mental health awareness month.

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Spring Cleaning + Mental Health
Mental Health

Maria Santana uses Marie Kondo techniques to refresh her physical space and mental health and explores where the Spring habit began.

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Me, Myself, and Self-Care
Mental Health

Get inspired for Valentine’s Day and learn how to love your self a little more this season with some self-care tips from Hopelab!

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Generation Z: Social Media, Sidehustles, and More
GenZ

Social media, depression, anxiety, fluidity, climate change: what else comes to mind when you think about Generation Z?

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We Are Family: How Drag Heals and Inspires Purpose
LGBTQ+

Life Lessons from Drag Mothers & Daughters! What do drag mental health and identity have in common? Come find out at SXSW!

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Where Are All The Young People?
GenZ

As a human-centered design organization, we developed the Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC) to help us will help guide our work.

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Welcome to Post Treatment
Cancer

In March, we met with the Stanford Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program (SAYAC) to workshop the ways we could better understand the survivorship journey for young adult cancer survivors.

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NASPA Strategies 2019
Loneliness

Hopelab attends NASPA strategies conference in Washington DC, exploring loneliness & connection on college campuses, working with adminstrators.

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Destroying The Myth
Behavior Change

GenZ college students are experiencing loneliness at epidemic levels. Learn about 5 key insights developed by Hopelab to guide product development efforts.

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Campus Connections: Elon University
Behavior Change

Normalizing social anxiety will help teens understand that people may not look or sound lonely, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t. The goal of this tool should be pushing yourself enough out of your comfort zone to build the college social experience you are searching for.

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Exploring Untraditional Chatbots: Hey Vivibot
Cancer

The technology behind Vivibot was developed in order to meet teens where they already were, on Facebook.

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