Valley Youth House’s Pride program gives youth the opportunity to embrace their identity and overcome the obstacles presented by housing insecurities and homelessness.
Pride provides housing and supportive services for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Youth are provided a safe place to be themselves and gain support to make the typical transitions that occur during late adolescence and early adulthood.
Leah is a former CrossFit athlete and current competitive powerlifter. Athletics, especially at a competitive level, were something Leah had very limited access to during childhood, though she always had competitive aspirations. Much of her development as an athlete has been during her adult years.
Having access to organized athletics as an adult has been transformative to Leah’s mental and physical health. Through athletics, she has built confidence, found community and learned perseverance that carries over into all aspects of her life. This experience has taught her how vital equitable access is for all people, at all levels of sports. To deny someone access is to deny them community, skill building opportunities, and a wide range of positive mental and physical health outcomes.
Leah has been involved with Women’s Strength Coalition from near the beginning, first as a competitor and fundraiser for their Lift for Planned Parenthood event, next as a volunteer coordinator, and currently as a volunteer.
- Former Women’s Strength Coalition Volunteer Coordinator
- Current volunteer with Women’s Strength Coalition/Pull for Pride
- Current: Powerlifting
- Former: CrossFit, Flag/Two-Hand Touch Football, Recreational Gymnastics, Little League Baseball
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