Cassell Ferere

Meet Our Team: Cassell Ferere

As M.I.N.T expands, it's quite important for us to find people who believe in our message. One person we met who made in impact almost immediately on us was Cassell. A Brooklyn photographer with a unique perspective and view on the industry, Cassell was a hit at our last talk in Brooklyn, NY. Welcome to the fam! Read his interview answers below. 

1. What inspired you to be a part of M.I.N.T?

I decided to be part of MINT because the message is something I stand firm in - not letting social media control aspects of my life mentally.

2. Why are you interested in social media and it's effect on mental health?

I'm interested because I have seen how social media has been changing the social dynamic for the masses - connecting everyone while isolating everyone, simultaneously. 

3. Why is this so important to you?  

I grew up on the cusp of the dotcom, digital, and social media era. And to witness it's effects as someone who was, at first, reluctant, has altered my view of the world as fragile.

4. How is M.I.N.T different from other anti-bullying campaigns that are out there? 

The focus on the mental effects of social media as well as the the resolves that can be met through the same channels that consume us.

5. How does it feel to get out there and spread your message to teens across the country?

 

I feel like I can be the medium between finding the real world and navigating the social media world for teens because of my position and will power to not be consumed by social media, but rather, using it to my advantage.

7. Who inspires you as you continue to build MINT? 

I think I'm most inspired by people and the life they live. It's evident to see how someone is living through social media but it's also evident that none can entirely live their live on social media. Those that try to are at the most risk of getting lost in the digital world. They forget the charm found in real world encounters. 

8. What is the best advice that you received that has really helped you?

"Sticks and stones may break my bones..." I like this phrase because it reminds me of how strong I can be when someone is trying to put me down.

9. What are your goals for this year?

I would like to become more open to the idea of being a voice for the people. Making my brand something people can relate to.

 

10. Where do you hope to see M.I.N.T in 5 years from now?

I see MINT having a dynamic effect on the youth culture, influencing the younger generation to be more adept with the realities of social media and its effects.

M.I.N.T Takes Brooklyn

Yesterday, our team took on Charles O. Dewey Middle School in Brooklyn, NY. It was a fun and interactive talk. We brought on a new panelist which added a new level of content to our talk. Meet Cassell, a Brooklyn based photographer who is an awesome and genuine person. A big part of hiring folks for this line of work is seeing the traits immediately of someone who is going to change the world. They have to be very good with kids, and not get intimidated standing up in front of a group of faculty + teens in a massive auditorium. You'd be surprised at how intimidating that can be!

For this talk, we focused on trolling, body image and following your dreams. Trolling is quite interesting, and is becoming a huge phenomenon in the teen space. If you've never heard of trolling, the definition of trolling can be found here.

We find at each school talk that many people hide behind their phone for different reasons. They may be scared to accept who they are, or may be insecure, and find the need to put other people down. People, especially kids, don't realize the harm that comes in the present and future from putting people down on the internet. The next time you feel poorly about yourself, or like you need someone to lift you up, simply text your friend, or start a thread on Reddit. You'll be so much happier talking to someone in person than you will be putting someone else down. 

We promise!