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 … [ ]

Growing our communications team—meet Adriana

Adriana (sher/her) joins SOWA as the Communications Coordinator to establish an enhanced focus on storytelling for the organization and elevate community voice for SOWA’s programs. Adriana graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Nonprofit Management in 2013. Since then she has been passionate about community work centered around communications, youth, and volunteerism. Her work ranges from coordinating volunteer events for United Way of King County to curating poetry from incarcerated youth in New York City. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alum and actively seeks volunteer opportunities that support young women of color. … [ ]

Growing our communications team—meet Tran

As Marketing Manager, Tran (they/them) develops digital and print communications strategies to support the mission and programs at School’s Out Washington. Most recently, they served as the communication coordinator for Soar, where they spearheaded the organization’s rebranding effort. Tran is most passionate about using communications and marketing as a tool for social change. Outside of work, Tran regularly organizes with VietQ an LGBTQ Vietnamese collective. In February 2020 they co-founded the first LGBTQ Vietnamese conference in Washington state. Tran also enjoys reading, drinking ice tea, and building miniature furniture for their mischievous cats.