In this episode, EugCast host Adam Wendt talks with Megan Shultz of MSH Consulting and 15th Night.
Megan talks about youth homelessness and her involvement in the 15th Night project.
15th Night is a youth-informed community movement to end youth homelessness by connecting existing resources and finding innovative ways to keep kids in school and off the streets. The project uses a collective impact model to support the health and well-being of youth who are homeless or at risk for homelessness by connecting and activating resources that exist in the Eugene community.
Megan has more than 20 years of management experience in the nonprofit sector. Her commitment to community service and helping those in need has been a central theme in her professional life. She was the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lane County for 15 years before starting her consulting firm and leading the 15th Night project coordination.
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In this episode, JoJo talks with River McKenzie (They/Them/Theirs) of TransPonder.
They talk about TransPonder and its purpose and growing impact on the Trans Community in Eugene.
River is a non-binary queer person who works with the LGTBQIA community in both their professional and activist spheres. They work as an Administrative Director at Odyssey Community Counseling at Emergence where they are developing a trans and gender diverse counseling program. River has been passionate about LGBTQIA activism for over 20 years, working within communities on both coasts and in the southern states via social justice art performances, community organization, and changing policies at institutions.
River’s experiences of living in a variety of areas, especially in rural Louisiana, inner city Memphis, Dallas, and rural Pennsylvania have focused their framework and way of thinking around anti-oppression and decolonization. They see this as a lifelong process of addressing their own place within the system and challenging the status quo in any organization in which they participate. They have used this framework to create more gender-inclusive policies and programming at Emergence, worked to change the culture around diversity at Oregon Country Fair and its Community Village, and brings this lens and approach to their work at TransPonder.