Seattle teen named as Youth Ambassador for Human Rights Campaign
December 14, 2020 | Press Release
The Human Rights Campaign announced on Monday, December 7, that Ve'ondre Mitchell (she/her) from Seattle, Washington has been named a member of the 2021 class of HRC Foundation Youth Ambassadors, joining nine other LGBTQ advocates across the country. HRC Foundation Youth Ambassadors serve two-year terms, and this is Ve'ondre's first year.
"This program is designed to amplify the important voices of teens and young adults, and engage them in helping HRC Foundation improve the lives of LGBTQ youth at home, at school, at work and beyond," said HRC Foundation's Director of the Youth Well-Being Program and the Time to THRIVE Conference Dr. Vincent Pompei. "These youth have real and meaningful contributions to make to HRC's work and to their communities."
As Youth Ambassadors, these LGBTQ advocates will represent the HRC Foundation, sharing their experiences to raise awareness about the most pressing issues facing LGBTQ youth today. They will also lend their voices to HRC Foundation programs that support LGBTQ youth, including All Children - All Families, Youth Well-Being, Welcoming Schools and HRC's eighth annual Time to THRIVE conference in February.
Following is a short biography of Ve'ondre. More information on the program and the class of 2021 members can be found at https://www.hrc.org/resources/youth-ambassadors.
Ve'ondre Mitchell is a 16-year-old proud Black/Latinx trans woman of color. She is currently in her junior year of high school and is a fierce advocate on social media. Since she was a child, Mitchell has been driven to unapologetically live her truth, and she finds innovative and creative ways to educate and lift up the voices that need to be heard! Mitchell shines a light on popular topics of interest by sharing her experiences, giving advice and hopes and demonstrating self-confidence and self-love by sharing educational videos to a large online audience. To make changes and spread awareness in her school and her community, Mitchell strongly believes in trans visibility. She demonstrates this by singing in school assemblies, coaching her school dance team, participating in the Black Student Union, doing enlightening interviews and marching and protesting against racial and gender inequality.
Courtesy of HRC