Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Danielle Askini to Keynote GSA Conference

Danielle went to high school in Southern Maine where she worked tirelessly as a youth educator and activist to change school climate through GSAs. She is a former foster youth, who worked for a number of years with other foster youth to change state and federal policies affecting young people in the child welfare system. 

She is a successful graduate of a pilot program in Maine to waive in-sate tuition for youth-in-foster care, a law she helped pass. She obtained her MSW from the University of Southern Maine where she also went for her undergraduate education in social work and gender studies. Her work has focused on ending discrimination against LGBT young people, rights for youth-in-foster care, ending hate crimes, immigration rights, and HIV education. 

Before she became the Program Manager for the National Association of GSA Networks, Danielle worked in Seattle at Verbena Health providing culturally competent care to LGBTQ clients, and the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence in Portland, Maine. 

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