Shana's primary responsibility is to coordinate social-emotional and physical health initiatives for youth and families; facilitate group activities that promote health and wellness; and collaborate with community partners to increase access to health-related resources and services. You can find me leading a mindfulness club at YRP, coordinating Character Strong with middle school advocates, facilitating wellness workshops during high school programming, and helping with parent programs.

Shana Bellone

Student U Health and Wellness Coordinator

Shana's Why:

I value community, caring and equitable relationships, deep listening, and a sense of joy. I love working in spaces that youth choose to be in and where they can explore and grow surrounded by a loving community. I see Student U as a place that deeply respects young people and offers mentors and guides to walk with youth on their journey, expanding what they might see as possible but not prescribing a certain outcome or way of being. I am grateful to be part of this community.

Shana outside of Student U:

Outside of Student U, I love doing puzzles with my partner, making forts and exploring playgrounds with my son, and taking my dogs to the Eno. I’m happiest by the water, campfire, or dinner table, singing and sharing with loved ones.  

Advice Shana finds valuable:

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in”

– Leonard Cohen


Earlham College

University of Texas at Austin

Course of study:

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology

Masters in Social Work

Student U start date:

June 2023

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