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Indiana Youth Group Staff

Each staff member was asked how their background influences their present position and why they work at IYG.

 

Chris Paulsen

Executive Director

cpaulsen@indianayouthgroup.org

 

Graham Brinklow

Manager of Training

gbrinklow@indianayouthgroup.org 

I have been an Educational Presenter since 1991 for organizations like Indianapolis Civic Theatre's Kid Connection, Farm Bureau Insurance Project XL, and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. In all of these programs, I've worked to teach youth tolerance of different types of people, and to learn from one another.

I get the privilege to educate professionals and community members on the best ways to work with and support the future generations of LGBTQ+ youth and their straight allies. This is is not just my current job; it's my life ambition and professional passion. I truly believe that working for IYG is sincerely a blessing.

 

Erica Pahud

Administrative Assistant

epahud@indianayouthgroup.org 

In February 2014, as I was searching for a job through IUPUI's Work Study program, I was delighted to find Indiana Youth Group was hiring. I was studying non-profit management with the goal to impact society and never thought I'd be so lucky to find a cause as worthy as IYG's. I worked as Miranda's assistant for two semesters until I was asked to become a regular staff member upon graduation. Since then, I've taken on extra responsibilities such as social media management, updating the website, creating weekly volunteer newsletters and many other projects. Though my contact with the youth is limited due to working behind-the-scenes in the admin office, I always find any interaction rewarding. I couldn't be more pleased to assist such an incredible organization and work with such amazing people. I can genuinely say coming into work is like coming to my second home.

 

 

Jamie Roberts

Manager of SBCM and Family Support

jroberts@indianayouthgroup.org 

 

 

 

 

Mandi Fears

Sexual Health Facilitator

mfears@indianayouthgroup.org 

I'm the resident sexual health expert at IYG. I facilitate a comprehensive LGBTQ-inclusive sex education program, make sure that youth have access to plenty of information & resources, and am always available to answer any questions that youth may have. I recognize that talking about sex can be embarrassing for some individuals, and I strive to provide an environment where youth feel comfortable asking difficult questions without fear of shame or reproach.

I graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and a minor in Psychology. While working in traditional school settings, I saw how desperately teens needed access to accurate information about sexual health - as well as a safe space to explore their gender & sexual identities. My passion for empowering people through comprehensive & inclusive sex ed was born!

Working at IYG is a dream come true for me. I am part of an amazing team in an organization whose values are close to my heart, and I get to spend time with some of the most inspiring young individuals in the world!

 

Jasmine Clark

Case Manager

jclark@indianayouthgroup.org 

Hi, my name is Jasmine and I'm one of the case managers here at IYG. I help the youth with goal setting, conflict resolution, job searching and a host of other things. I really enjoy working with marginalized youth and I'm open to listen and help with uncomfortable and particularly trying circumstances.

I graduated from I.U.P.U.I with a Bachelors degree in General Studies and a minor in sociology. After graduation, I entered into an apprenticeship with Americorp called Public Allies. During that process, I strengthened my awareness on capacity building and cultural diversity. Since then, I've been a youth worker which recently led me to IYG.

When I'm not at IYG, I am working at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, doing photography, and spending time with my family and friends. I hope that my passion for youth and genuine character will help continue to provide a safe space.

 

 

Kent Smith

Kent Smith

Youth Worker Emeritus

Working over 20 years in the position of a school counselor before retirement has taught me the importance of listening and asking the right questions to bring out the stories the youth want to tell. Before I was hired on as a staff member I volunteered at IYG for years, starting about 1992 when IYG was just moving into the Center.

Working at IYG is a retirement job dream. The objectives of IYG remind me of the civil rights movement and women's rights movements of the 60's and 70's.

 

 

Bea Melnarowicz

Bookkeeper

accounting@indianayouthgroup.org

I'm a retired attorney with a strong interest in fighting discrimination and legal unfairness to the LGBT community and have been active in other LGBT civil rights areas other than those concerning youth. I also have served as treasurer in several not-for-profit organizations, and when I learned that IYG was looking for a part-time bookkeeper, I thought my abilities in the financial area could be of help to the organization, while the organization could help me have a better appreciation for the needs of LGBTQ youth.

 

 

Nate Nash

Activity Center Manager

nnash@indianayouthgroup.org 

Hi! I'm Nate and I am all things center wise. I arrange the programming schedule, supervise staff and volunteers, and facilitate programming. One of my favorite things I do is provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to receive confidential and free HIV/STD testing. I believe in IYG's mission and am passionate about enacting the core principles.

Working alongside these youth is an honor and any or everything I can do to amplify their voices I will. I strive to always provide youth with a safe space to exist and IYG only further allows this space to be created.

 

Nora Mutlaq 

Thrive Facilitator

nmutlaq@indianayouthgroup.org 

I am a Youth Development Specialist who focuses on facilitating Thrive: Dare to be Powerful! I am excited to have the opportunity to bring my knowledge and passion of mental health to assist the youth at IYG! Although I don't have years of experience in my field, that should not be overshadowed by that fact that I am eager and enthusiastic to aid in the development of IYG. Above all, I am committed to serving the youth and working alongside of them to help grow and thrive.

I graduated from IUPUI with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During my last year in university, I began a semester-long internship with IYG and continued as a youth worker. Upon graduation, I was offered a position at IYG, so I have been here ever since! I am also continuing my education in order to further develop myself as a professional.

When I am not at IYG, I can be found hanging from silks or hanging out with my dog. I am also a huge foodie and coffee queen!

 

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