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Kaleidoscope Youth Center Welcomes Erin Upchurch as Executive Director
COLUMBUS – The Board of Directors of Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) today announced that Erin Upchurch, MSSA, LISW-S will become the next Executive Director of the youth organization effective on April 16, 2018. Upchurch is currently the Assistant Clinical Director at Netcare Corporation and a Community Lecturer and Field Instructor at Ohio State University’s College of Social Work.
“This is an exciting time of growth for our organization. Erin's experience and leadership style will be of great value in supporting the future direction of Kaleidoscope,” says Francone, KYC’s Board President. “The board looks forward to working with her and developing the Center as a stronger resource for the community as a whole.”
Upchurch is well known in the community as an advocate and leader, having ran in 2017 for the Columbus City School Board on the Yes, We Can Columbus ticket. Earning her Bachelors in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, and her Masters in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, she has experience working with youth and families in areas of mental health and trauma recovery.
Additionally, she is the co-founder of Columbus Urban Pride and New Leaf Columbus. She also has served on numerous agency boards including TransOhio and the Ohio AIDS Coalition. Currently, she is on the board for the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association.
Says Upchurch, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Kaleidoscope family; and am looking forward to standing with and supporting our youth, families, and community.”
As a social worker and advocate, Upchurch has dedicated her life to supporting underserved and marginalized communities. Her work has garnered her numerous awards as well as featured speaking engagements with ACLU Columbus, Equality Ohio, and TEDx Columbus. Upchurch is succeeding former Executive Director Amy Eldridge who resigned in 2017 after six years with the organization.
About Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Established in 1994, Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) works in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ and ally youth ages 12 – 20. They support youth who are struggling with identity issues, family discord, mental health problems, or the challenges of adolescence; educate youth and the community about LGBTQ issues; and advocate for safe and inclusive spaces everywhere.