Andrew (he/him) is a graduate student at UNCG working on a M.S. in Counseling. Having worked with LGBTQ college students during undergrad, he is very interested in working with Queer individuals, couples, and families in therapy. There is such a lack of mental health services available to LGBTQ folks and he feels strongly about working to help provide this much-needed service. When not studying or reading, he enjoys running, playing disc golf, and listening to new music to include in his weekly radio show!
Carrie (she/they) has been volunteering with YouthSAFE since 2009. They grew up in rural Southwest Virginia, moved to Greensboro for graduate school, and are now an English teacher at UNCSA in Winston Salem. She loves making zines, reading up on LGBTQ+ history, and appreciating all forms of drag. They love working with YouthSAFE because they and really could have used a space like this as a teenager 🌈
Ruby (she/her) has been working with youthsafe since 2018. Bi/pan/polyamorous, partner to Ash, parent to two humans. Plays kickball with stonewall sports on occasion. Loves playing D&D, currently playing as a Druid (circle of the moon). Binges manga of all kinds, currently obsessed with a manga about farming. Loves all things Kawaii.
Grace is a professor in Social Work at North Carolina A&T and UNCG and uses she/her pronouns. When not working, Grace can often be seen around Greensboro's best playgrounds with her 3ft tall curly-headed son whom she loves madly. She also does storytelling for the Monti in Durham and the Moth in Asheville. Grace loves to travel and is currently training for the NY marathon which she accidentally signed up for.
Josh (he/they) is a Greensboro local and teaches mathematics. He loves spending time with his family, friends, and two dogs (Roxy & Bear). They love to travel the world and meeting new people. As a life long learner at heart, he enjoys learning from other queer people and reading queer fiction. When he is not teaching, traveling, cooking for loved ones, or playing sports, you can find them watching anime or gaming.
Shelton is currently working on completing his undergraduate degree in Business Management at North Carolina A&T University. Shelton is a single dad to the princess that has his heart. He is a Customer and Operations Manager for a Cardiac Lab based out of San Francisco California. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and always looking to try something new. Shelton was raised in an Islamic home but identified at a young age as a Gay Male. Coming Out to his family he thought would be the hardest thing he would ever have to do but was quickly shown that his family loved him for being Shelton. He truly enjoys the strides the LGBTQ community has made over the years but also understands there is still work to do.
T. D. (He/they) is a native of Mississippi and found their way to the counseling field through his passion for supporting LGBTQ+ youth. T.D. began their social services career at a group home that served youth ages 12-18. While working at this group home, they saw a greater need for the youth of the LGBTQ+ community to have a therapist with an open mind as well as a heart for them living out their lives the way they chose. T.D. enrolled in graduate school and began the path to becoming a clinical mental health counselor. He recently completed his master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. T.D. believes everyone has the choice to live their lives the way they chose. He is here to walk with you on your journey in this life experience. The ultimate goal of T.D.’s is to assist you with getting in tune with the number one player in this game of life: YOU. Life is all about living in the present moment and enjoying each experience. T. D. does this by embracing the day with a fresh cup of coffee/tea, taking road trips with their wife, and implementing as much self-care under a full moon while charging his crystals.
Monica (she/her) has been volunteering with YouthSAFE since Summer of 2022. She grew up just outside of Columbus, Ohio and moved to Greensboro for work. She is the Strategic Partnership Manager for Cogent Analytics and has worked there since 2016. Her out of work passions include hiking, running, crocheting, gaming and traveling. But on the best kind of weekend, she can be found on the couch with her cat and dog (Kippax & Haku) reading a book. She is always open to new experiences and loves being a support system for the community as well as her friends and family.
Jess (they/she) is a M.A. student in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at UNCG. They identify as queer and nonbinary. They are an avid reader and will never be quiet about their love for the All for the Game series. When they are not reading their every growing list of books they can be found discussing astrology and how it is very much real, playing animal crossing, screaming about how Derry Girls is an underrated gem, and obsessing over figure skating.
Lauren is an M.A. student in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies at UNCG. She is originally from Nashville, TN. She hopes to pursue her Ph.D. after graduating. Lauren identifies as asexual. She plans to eventually become a professor and/or do nonprofit work. When she is not doing schoolwork, you’ll find her adding to her already very large collection of clothing, crocheting, DIYing, hanging out with her cat, convincing everyone to watch Fleabag, reorganizing things that don’t need to be reorganized, and taking way too much pride in her Wordle score
SJ is from Greensboro, and lived here their whole life. They are majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNCG. After getting their degree, they hope to go on to grad school with the hopes of becoming a WGS professor. Being informed about problems and societal systems is the first step to solving them, and he thinks he can help educate people and open their minds. When not getting piercings or dying their hair, they enjoy spending time with the cats Peaches and Stella, crochet, and baking.
Ash (They/She) is a Greensboro native happily living close to downtown. Ash identifies and non-binary. They are “Moddy” to two kids ages 8 & 10 and partner to Ruby who also volunteers with YouthSAFE. Ash is a self-taught artist working across multiple media. They also run a free little art gallery on Percy street (@percystflag) where they encourage people come and take, share or view art from all types of artists! Other areas of interest include but are not limited to: mycology, microscopy, music, cooking and their dog Maple.
Juliet (nickname Jay) is studying Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies & Creative Writing at UNCG, and uses they/she pronouns. They identify as many things including genderqueer, trans, non-binary, and "ridiculous." She's a poet, a horror-fanatic, and a music-lover, and can always be heard humming or singing. They also skate with the gender-inclusive Relentless Roller Derby team, where her athlete name is "Purdy Derby Birdie."
Claudia (she/her) is a student at UNCG double majoring in history and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Claudia identifies as a lesbian, and wishes she had a place like youthSAFE when she was in high school! When not in school, you can find her playing with her beloved cat, Suzy, at various open mic nights across Greensboro, cooking delicious vegan food, and reading on her couch.