Jake Tolan Will Lead CenterLink's LGBT YouthLink Program
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers has appointed Jake Tolan (pictured) to the position of YouthLink Program Coordinator. Working with CenterLink Executive Director Terry Stone and CenterLink staff, Tolan will support and manage planning and
development of the LGBT YouthLink program and an annual LGBT YouthLink conference.
"We are very excited to have Jake join the CenterLink team and lead the YouthLink program," said CenterLink Executive Director Terry Stone. "Jake's work as a campus LGBT leader and organizer, advocate and event planner make him a perfect fit for this position."
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Tolan served as Vice-Chair of Political Affairs for Lambda Alliance at Penn, a Co-Founder of the Carriage Senior Society, Chair of the Subcommittee on Affiliation for the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition and led Penn IvyQ, coordinating with leaders from Ivy League schools to plan a queer student conference.
"I’m really excited to be a part of this program and bring queer youth capacity building back to the national level," stated Tolan. "I’ve been working with LGBT youth since I was 15, and I can’t wait to establish a strong network that will build and empower the community."
Tolan will begin his role at CenterLink on August 19, 2013.
CenterLink (www.lgbtcenters.org) was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources.
YouthLink, a program of CenterLink, provides outreach and support, as well as an annual conference, for LGBT Youth Center and Youth Program leaders across the United States aimed at fighting discrimination against, and promoting leadership and wellness for, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LBGTQ) youth