Hey! I am ChantГ© Thurmond, and I’m the new curator of the sex in colors blog, as well as Scarleteen’s Growth and development Advisor. I want to share a brief backstory about my journey to Scarleteen before I share a quote that’s been in my heart lately, and a shortlist of a few exceptional PoC who consistently add value to the culture and to their respective communities
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, I’d the truly amazing fortune of conference (and befriending) the infamous Heather Corinna, Scarleteen’s founder, at a annual teenwise seminar into the Twin Cities. We became pals that are instant the two of us bonded over our shared passion and dedication to involved in partnership with teenagers. We shared a belief that youth and appearing grownups have actually the power to tap into their genius that is collective they want) in addition they, perhaps not adults, will be the gurus of their own bodies, minds and hearts. And in the end we discovered that despite our superficial distinctions (like our age, competition, ethnicity or zip codes), Heather and I also share similar stories of origin — we have been both the firstborn son or daughter to young parents. Through the entire years, we’ve additionally come to realize that while our tales seem to parallel have run at numerous times, there are points of divergence (like our gender identities, our sexualities, our values or used philosophies). In any event, our particular paths have unfolded to complex intersectional identities that we inherited from our diverse, immigrant families and environments.