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May 3, 2018
Volunteer Spotlight with Amelia Stephens

IYG Recognizes Amelia Stephens!

Q: Introduce us to you! Your name, what you do, anything you'd like people to know.

A: My name's Amelia Stephens, I'm a transgender woman in her mid-20s in a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend and her dog (also pictured). By day, I work as a healthcare data analyst for a consulting firm. If I'm not working or volunteering at IYG, I'm usually working towards my goal of becoming a Young Adult author.

Q: When and how did you first get involved with IYG?

A: I moved to Indy about a year ago and heard about the great things that IYG was doing in the community. After getting my footing and settling in, I knew I wanted to be active in the local LGBT community and give back at the same time. Mentoring at IYG was a great way for me to accomplish both of those goals at the same time while keeping a schedule that fit well into my wider life. I've been active at IYG since November 2017.

Q: What does your day-to-day involvement as a volunteer look like?

A: My initial involvement was with the Activity Center, working a weekly shift after work. As time progresses, I find myself volunteering for different opportunities such as Basic Needs, assisting during Open House events, and hopefully in the future coordinating with IYG staff to provide programming during Activity Center hours.

Q: What inspires you to work so hard for LGBTQ+ youth?

A: Honestly? It's cathartic, have high aspirations, and they make it pretty easy to be motivated. It's hard to have a bad day coming into IYG, watching LGBTQ+ youth interact, play, and relax in a safe space dedicated to them. I feel like I'm helping give them the safe, nurturing atmosphere that many older LGBTQ+ folk never had the opportunity to experience themselves. The youth are appreciative of both the staff and volunteers who dedicate their spare time to them; it shines through every time I walk through IYG's doors.

What would you say to people considering volunteering at IYG?

A: Give it a shot. There's no harm in giving it a try and deciding it isn't for you, but there's no way to know until you try.