Dani has extensive experience coordinating programs that support youth with challenges pertaining to mental health and/or substance use, as well as youth who experience homelessness and are rejected based on their experience around gender and orientation. They’ve also served South Florida’s local system of care for the past 5 years in different settings – from Child Welfare, Diversion Programing, Peer Support, and Community Education.
Dani’s personal connection to our mission is through their own experience around gender. Dani identifies as non-binary, and uses they/them/their pronouns.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding aspect of my work is knowing that open conversation and education around gender and orientation means at least one less suicide, one less person living on the street, one less person living in fear. It means powerful relationships, authenticity and connectedness, and most of all love.
What has YES Institute done that you’re particularly proud of?
YES Institute is a leader in starting conversations that allow people to authentically be themselves. Our work saves lives.
If I had this education and support growing up, I know it would have made a great and positive impact.
What I love most about our work is the communication model implemented and infused in every aspect of our organization. It gave me my whole family back, and for that I’ll forever be grateful.
What is something you hope people know about you?
I’m just Dani. I may not share the same experience as you, but I love you and I support you. You’re not alone.