My name is Jordyn Samuels. I am 25 years old and I have been part of Supporting Our Youth for 9 years. At age 16 my first introduction to SOY was through BQY or Black Queer Youth and at age 20 I was introduced to the opening chapter of SOY H.E.A.T. Already majoring in Equity Studies at University of Toronto and facilitating workshops around Equity, sexual health and harm reduction for 4 years thus far, H.E.A.T seemed like the perfect project for me to continue my learning and unlearning and to develop facilitation skills.
Getting to work on the inside of a SOY group has been a dream and doing it with HEAT has been absolutely incredible! In my position as an Outreach Worker intern, I have been able to use my own knowledge, experience, skills and connections to help take HEAT to the next level.
September 28, 2015 Markus (Star) Harwood-Jones Comments
If we have to be stuck with this culture of words and labelling by identity boxes, let those words be thin tin shells that we hammer into new shapes, creating the bulges and crevasses and cracks we need to wear them, somewhat comfortably, as armour, amour thin enough to feel what’s important and thick enough to fighter for something better.