PRYSM Advisors

Staff Member: Visit Stephanie’s staff page HERE

Name: Stephanie
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Where did you grow up?: Water Valley, MS
Dogs or cats?: Both!
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Cupcakes all year long and ice cream in the winter
Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis:  So many choices and not enough belly space. My favorite 2 are Phase 1 Salads By Design and Southern Hands.
Favorite Emoji and why: The laughing smiley face that is side ways and crying. If was an Emoji in the Emoji Movie, this one is me 100%.
Hobbies: Playing video games, reading books/Manga/Manhua, writing, watching Anime and most importantly being the biggest OTAKU possible!
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?:  I enjoy working with youth! It makes me happy to be able to provide a safe place for LGBTQ teens. This is something that I feel especially strong about because I grew up without an LGBTQ role model, or a safe, fun, and supportive place to explore and better understand who I am.

Staff Member: Visit Emerson’s Staff page HERE

Name: Emerson
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Where did you grow up?: East Memphis
Dogs or cats?: I’m a proud Cat Dad to Miss Kitty Periwinkle Kirkpatrick (15) and Phoebe “Phat Phoebez” Kirkpatrick (12)
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Cupcakes because icing is the most important dairy option out there.
Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook all the way.
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis:  I’m a die hard fan of Dino’s Grill and El Mezcal.
Favorite Emoji and why: The robot because I have a weird thing for collecting robot related things just like your Aunt Susan who collects chicken decorations.
Hobbies: I love fishing, exploring new places and listening to Old Time Radio podcasts. Ive listened to every episode of The Whisperer, Dragnet, The Shadow, Gunsmoke and many more!
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?:  I grew up knowing that I didn’t identify with the body I was born with and knowing that it was a dangerous idea to talk about it with the people I knew. At 15 I found out about the Memphis Area Gay Youth (MAGY) and joined the group! Experiencing just 3 hours a week of being respected and understood was enough support to get me by for the rest of the week. While I loved and spent much of my time with the youth that attended, it was incredibly impactful for me to get to know the adult advisors because it gave me a sense of comfort knowing that these adults were still able to thrive in life regardless of their identity. It’s my goal to be a resource, role model and just a person that will listen to any youth who needs to be heard and supported because I truly understand the importance of being a safe adult to all youth.

Name: Angela J

Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Where did you grow up?: Nashville, TN

Dogs or cats?: Cats

Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Ice cream

Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook

Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: C & K Breakfast House

Favorite Emoji and why: Lhe lips because i can blow a kiss to anyone!

Hobbies: Hair & photography editing

Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I love coming to see the different faces of our LGBTQ youth and learning about what they like and dislike . I love the kids just as much as my own children.

Name: April

Zodiac Sign: Aries
Where did you grow up?: All over! But mostly Jonesboro, AR and Fort Walton Beach, FL (near Destin)
Dogs or Cats: Both, but I find cats to be more relatable
Cupcakes or ice cream: Cupcakes
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
Favorite place to eat in Memphis: The Pho Binh lunch buffet 🤤 
Favorite emoji and why: My most used emoji is 😂because everything makes me laugh, but my favorite is probably 💖 because it makes me think of the warm fuzzies you get when you’re around the people you love.
Hobbies: Going out with friends, reading, crafting, watching horror movies
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor: To help create more safe spaces for queer youth. And maybe by proxy I will learn how to stay young at heart! 

Name: Dylan J.

Zodiac sign: Taurus
Where did you grow up?: Sunny Tacoma Washington!
Dogs or cats?: Both
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Ice cream
Facebook or Twitter?: Instagram
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: City Silo. They have amazing acai bowls.
Favorite Emoji and why: The painted nails emoji. It can be sassy, classy, or indifferent.
Hobbies: Hanging out with my new puppy, hiking, reading, cooking.
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: To play a part in making life a little more pleasant for the local community. As a teen, I wish I had a program like this to assist me navigate this confusing/scary time. I can’t think of a better way to volunteer my time.

Name: Tosha (“Tee”)

Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Where did you grow up?: Chicago, Illinois
Dogs or cats?: dogs
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Ice cream
Facebook or Twitter?:  Facebook
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: Soul Fish Cafe
Favorite Emoji and why: The poop emoji… it can be used for multiple things
Hobbies: writing and performing
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I can’t think of a better way to volunteer my time. I love being able to direct young minds
Name: Reed Elliott W.
 
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Aquarius rising)
Where did you grow up?: Memphis
Dogs or cats?: I love all god’s creature’s equally! but dogs
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: cupcakes (Muddy’s only though)
Facebook or Twitter?: twitter unfortunately
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: Golden India! best indian food in Memphis by far
Favorite Emoji and why: the grinning red demon, it best represents my sense of humor 
Hobbies: hanging out with my dog, needlework, horror movies
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I’m trans and I didn’t know a single trans person growing up, so I had zero models to look to for how my life could turn out. LGBTQ+ kids of all kinds should have positive adult role models so that they can have hope for their futures. 
Name: Katie
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Where did you grow up?: Germantown, TN
Dogs or Cats?: Both! 
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Cupcakes.
Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook
Favorite Place to Eat in Memphis?: McAllister’s
Favorite Emoji and Why?: 🤦‍♀️ or🤷‍♀️ because these are constant moods.
Hobbies: True Crime shows/movies/podcasts, Documentaries, hanging out with my friends, going to 901 FC games.
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?:  Originally I started being an advisor for undergraduate social work intern hours but have stayed on since graduating from the program because I love coming up with fun activities for the group and how I always feel so welcomed every Saturday I get to be here. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Name: Ashleigh
Zodiac sign: The best… CANCER!
Where did you grow up?: Memphis/Millington, TN
Dogs or cats?: DOGS
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Popsicles!
Facebook or Twitter?: Definitely Twitter
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: TGI Friday’s, Hopdoddy, Bayou, SoulFish, and Pearls’ Oyster House
Favorite Emoji and why: The weary face because it is hilarious to me.
Hobbies: Playing NBA 2K, listening to music, hanging out with friends
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: I truly enjoy working with youth! Also, I hid who I was from family and certain friends while I was a teen because I was scared to admit it. However, I was able to have a group of friends that were able to support me. I want to be a PRYSM advisor because I want to contribute to being a constant support for LGBTQ+ youth in our community.

Name: Kat
Zodiac sign: cancer
Where did you grow up?: Gulfport, MS! #gulfcoast
Dogs or cats?: Kats…with a k (jk DOGS)
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: ice cream, duh.
Facebook or Twitter?: Instagram!
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: Celtic crossing because I get to watch soccer.
Favorite Emoji and why: The salsa dancing woman, ?? because salsa dancing can apply to most situations
Hobbies: Hiking, hanging with my pups, camping, going to Memphis festivals
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: When I was younger I didn’t have an LGBTQ role model so I want to be that person for the teens coming to PRYSM.

Name: Leander
Zodiac sign: Leo
Where did you grow up?:  Portland, Oregon. I know, I know, you want to move there. Talk to me before you do; I’ll tell you all about it!
Dogs or cats?: Dogs, for sure. I love them!!
Cupcakes or Ice cream?: Ice cream. I especially love either chocolate peanut butter or *hiding face in hands* VANILLA!
Facebook or Twitter?: Facebook. Twitter gives me a headache.
Favorite Place to eat in Memphis: Crazy Noodle on Madison!
Favorite Emoji and why: The cat with the heart eyes is my patronus, for sure.
Hobbies: Sewing, gardening, writing songs, meditation, swimming, any sort of nature thing (hiking, camping, fishing), lifelong learning.
Why do you want to be a PRYSM advisor?: For so many reasons. Because spaces where queer folks can be themselves and have fun are actually subversive and radical. Because taking emotional care of young people is a tradition in LGBTQ culture. Because I genuinely enjoy mentoring teenagers – being an adolescent is difficult but it can be one of the most thoughtful and heartfelt times in a person’s life.

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