Introducing the staff of Queer Youth Space!
Raven wrote her first poem when she was in the 7th grade, mentored by poet Karen Finneyfrock as a part of the Writers In The Schools program. However, she never shared her poetry until her sophomore year in Nova High School, where she found her voice through community awareness, creative expression, and social justice work. Raven started performing her poetry last year when she slammed in the Youthspeaks slam series, going on to become the slam champion, join the Youthspeaks poetry team, and represent Seattle at the 2011 and 2012 Brave New Voices poetry festivals. Since then she has performed all over Seattle at the Triple Door, Town Hall, Fremont Abbey, and the Bumbershoot Festival. After finding comfort in poetry, she started working more with Youthspeaks Seattle – facilitating workshops and writing circles and engaging in youth leadership. These days you can find Raven at an open mic or writing circle where she is constantly writing and speaking about women’s issues and her identity as a queer youth of color in today’s society.
WING 2 | Josh Lowe, Coordinator of Wellness
Josh is an Indian and Chicano trans male. However, he does not agree with society’s cissexist ideas about what constitutes a “male” or “female” body, and thus he identifies as a male, without feeling the need to change his body to conform with society’s idea of a ‘male’ body. He also does not identify as any single sexual orientation. Originally from Bridgeport, Josh moved to Seattle to find new opportunities to fight for and help individuals of the LGBTQ community. He is a very outspoken advocate for the community, and is especially concerned with the rights and well-being of LGBTQ youth. Josh graduated high school in 2008, attended JobCorps until 2010, and recently completed coursework at Tacoma Community College. He has been homeless off and on and currently resides in transitional housing. In his free time, he likes to volunteer at LGBTQ related events as well as events to help other causes. Josh is a big fan of Hawthorne Heights and Spider-Man.
WING 3 | Brennon Ham, Coordinator of Research & Education
Brennon is queer, femme, mixed person of color originally from the DC/Baltimore area who prefers “Brennon” to pronouns. Brennon went to school in Cleveland, OH and moved out to Seattle shortly after finishing. Currently, Brennon works at QYS as the Coordinator of Research and Education and is excited to push for more accessible learning-based programming. In addition to work at QYS, Brennon works full-time for Lifelong AIDS Alliance and is serving as a board director for Camp Ten Trees.
Money Management | Edgar Quintero, Coordinator of Fund Development
Bio coming soon.