Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-11-15
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

YPS college grad reflects on lessons learned
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Elyssa Czynski
2012-08-14

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Carlissa Jackson started work with Youth Pride Services (YPS) in 2006 at age 18, when a friend asked her to join him because he was shy about going. Six years later, she is one of the first female college graduates of YPS.

Jackson is pursuing a Ph.D. in community psychology from National Louis University, while also working in research. She has also obtained a masters in applied psychology, earned an associate of applied sciences in networking systems administration, and earned a bachelor's in psychology from IIT with a minor in education.

"I want to master my trade in every way, it includes knowing the needs of certain populations, building community relationships, and having the formal knowledge needed to provide for them and represent them," she said.

Jackson began working with YPS as an LGBTQ ally through several programs over time. She eventually became a youth ambassador, planning events, attending meetings and acting as a liaison between program directors and youth.

Jackson went on to become the first democratically-elected female president of YPS, an organization the is roughly 90% male, according to YPS President Frank Walker. Her position as president was similar to youth ambassador but with additional responsibilities.

Jackson came to YPS as a straight ally to support her friend, and in doing that opened the door for other straight allies, said Walker.

Jackson also represents a growing trend within YPS. Over time, Walker said, more of the YPS leaders and members have been graduating from college.

Early on, Jackson knew what she wanted to pursue academically. Her mother does psychology work and research as a rehabilitation counselor for the State of Illinois.

"[It was] very natural for me to actually study psychology," said Jackson.

Jackson came from a background full of educators and intellectuals.

"My mentors and aunt have their doctorates in education, sociology, and psychology," she said. "My peers have undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, business administration, engineering, public policy.

However, her work with YPS introduced her to a demographic she hopes to work with professionally: at-risk youth.

"I would definitely say that being at YPS, really opened my eyes to a different group of youth," said Jackson. "I was fortunate enough to work with youth, work with my own peers, who were less fortunate than myself, as far as finances, social support and everything else."

Jackson described YPS as one large resource for everything from homework help to building friendships, to receiving advice.

"Once you're involved, you're very tight, kind of like a pack of brothers and sisters… If there is anything you may need assistance in, they are there for you," she said.

In addition to the encouragement at YPS, Jackson is thankful for being a part of a program that is geared towards LGBTQ youth.

Being part of YPS taught Jackson some valuable lessons, she said. It gave her a sense of what services are needed and taught her to be an advocate for people regardless of their race, gender or sexuality.

YPS may not have impacted Jackson's education directly, but it did expose her to different people and ideas.

"You are greater than the block that you live on, you are greater than your nationality," she said, emphasizing the importance of becoming a part of something unfamiliar.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

The Night Ministry addresses needs of youth at risk for homelessness 2017-11-17 - Chicago, IL — Through its Youth Housing and Outreach Programs, The Night Ministry offers a lifeline to teens and young adults identified in ...


Gay News

Researchers: No simple solutions for tackling LGBTQ youth-homelessness crisis 2017-11-15 - A newly released brief by an area research institute is shedding light on the issue of youth homelessness, which, according to the report, ...


Gay News

Annual oSTEM confab Nov. 16-19 2017-11-14 - oSTEM—a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics ) fields—will ...


Gay News

Covenant House Illinois helps with independent living 2017-11-14 - Derek Chairs is 21 years old and is finally living in his own apartment. Having faced challenges such as homelessness and abuse through ...


Gay News

NCLR Fellow Alex Chen Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 for Trans Youth Work 2017-11-14 - National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Equal Justice Works Fellow, Alexander Chen, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 today ...


Gay News

HHS accused of censoring LGBTQ homeless advocates 2017-11-11 - A federally funded conference on youth experiencing homelessness that begins Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Missouri will take place, according to some advocates, ...


Gay News

'4-Star City' campaign on homelessness in Chicago 2017-11-10 - Launching Nov. 10, a new integrated ad campaign seeks to create awareness and empathy for Chicagoans who cope with homelessness while living on ...


Gay News

'Sleep Out' Nov. 16 at St. James 2017-11-08 - The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reports that, each night, approximately 1,800-3,000 unaccompanied youth are homeless in Chicago. However, there are only 375 ...


Gay News

'Sleep Out' Nov. 16 at St. James 2017-11-01 - The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless reports that, each night, approximately 1,800-3,000 unaccompanied youth are homeless in Chicago. However, there are only 375 ...


Gay News

The life of 'Patty the Pin Lady' 2017-11-01 - Nearly every weekend, some Sunday afternoons, and at big Boystown events like Market Days, you can find a feisty 74-year-old woman selling buttons ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.