5 things you can do today to support LGBTQ youth

For LGBTQ folks, June is an important month of celebration and awareness. While commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, Pride also serves as a reminder of the fearless existence of LGBTQ people. Though often a joyful occasion, the everyday lived reality of many LGBTQ people—especially those with multiple intersecting marginalized identities—cannot be overlooked. This year alone more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in states across the country, many of which directly affect young people. In 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report showing that LGBTQ students … [ ]

Welcome to the team, Sevan!

We are thrilled to welcome Sevan Bussell to our team as the new Spokane coach-trainer. Sevan (they/them) has been a youth worker for the last eight years, and a public speaker/workshop facilitator for the last twelve years. Their passion is creating and supporting accessible and equitable spaces for people to learn and thrive. They really enjoy creating educational opportunities for all ages and developmental levels of people. When not working they are spending time with their wife, dog, and cats. They enjoy sewing clothing and quilting as well as assorted other crafts. They enjoy tending their house plants as well … [ ]

5 reasons why working with young people is the best

Our providers and partner organizations support some of the most brilliant young people in Washington. Lex Gavin explains why working with young people is the best They are our future. People say it all the time, but it’s true! Youth have always been at the forefront of social change and pushing for a better world. They’re also my teachers and help me break out of the cynicism of focusing on whether something is impossible and instead strive relentlessly towards justice. It’s a reciprocal relationship. I don’t take for granted the opportunity to build a strong foundation in a young person’s … [ ]