Stonewall Youth’s Speakers’ Bureau is made up of youth ages 21 and under who identify as GLBTQQIA. Members speak to audiences at schools, community organizations, social service agencies, and public events about their life experiences as LGBTQQIA youth, as well as present anti-oppression workshops on a variety of topics. Members of the Speakers’ Bureau learn how to facilitate workshops, plan events and also teaching tools such as popular education and theatre of the oppressed. Youth who want to participate in the Speakers’ Bureau will receive training, and compensation for their time.
If you are a teacher, a student, social worker, community member, or anyone who could use a training to improve your resources in your workplace, classroom or agency, we would be more than happy to set up a training for you. We create and facilitate anti-oppression workshops on a variety of topics, although we specialize on issues relevant to LGBTQQIA youth, such as (but not limited to):
•sexual violence and homophobia
•homophobia, transphobia, sexism and heterosexism 101
•systems of oppression
•how to be an ally
•homelessness among LGBTQQIA youth
•domestic violence and sexual assault in LGBTQQ youth communities
•LGBTQQIA youth in schools
•support and resources for GSA (“Gay/Straight Alliance”) school groups
•community building in groups
Current Speakers Bureau Collective Members:
Alissa Morales is a senior at the Evergreen State College where she studies both Education and Political Economy. Born and raised on the East Coast, she has been living in the Pacific Northwest for nearly five years. In her free time, Alissa enjoys reading about queer theory as well as Google Image Searching “pugs in hats.” Her favorite color is Lavender.
Sofia McVea is a queer, African American woman born and raised in Olympia, Washington. She is currently enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College and working to obtain her Associate of Arts degree, after which she plans on teaching ESL wherever it’s needed. In the mean time she loves being active in the community and doing what she can to help out. Sofia also enjoys singing, writing, being a nerd, goofing around outdoors and spending way to much time hanging out with her rad dog Winston.
Isabelle LeClair is currently a student at South Puget Sound Community College, where they are working towards their Associates of Arts degree. During their time at SPSCC, they have been an active leader through the Diversity and Equity Center as a Peer Mentor. They were born and raised on the Skokomish Indian Reservation and they are very passionate about revitalizing their culture. They love Halloween and all things creepy, Beyoncé, and hanging out with their cat.
Elisheva Miller, originally from Spokane, moved to Olympia in January 2017. She is currently completing her last year of undergraduate studies at the Evergreen State College with a double-emphasis in Anthropology and Communications. Elisheva hopes to continue on to graduate school after finishing her degree, to study Anthropology & Archaeology of the Ancient Middle East. She joined Speakers Bureau after interning with Stonewall, and is excited to remain involved with this wonderful organization. In addition to school and her work with Stonewall, she teaches Hebrew and is active in the Olympia Jewish community. In her free time, Elisheva enjoys hiking, reading, swimming, making music, and having brunch with the Speakers Bureau team.
The best depiction of a past collective as drawn by Jasper!
Past collective members EJ and Emily flyer for SASS 2015: Harm Reduction and Know Your Rights for Queer youth
Jude, Avry, Eric and Sam giving an intersections of oppression workshop for GRuB
For more information contact: SY Speakers Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org,