At The Trevor Project, we create intentional spaces, called Affinity Groups, that allow members of Team Trevor to connect with each other around their different intersectional identities. Over the next few months, we’ll feature member spotlights from across Trevor’s Affinity Groups.
This month, we’re proud to spotlight Digital Supervisor and [email protected] member Ieasha Jackson (she/her). As one of The Trevor Project’s pioneering Affinity Groups, [email protected] leads with a mission to create spaces and resources for employees who identify within the Black Diaspora (and their allies) to connect, grow relationships, and build community.
What’s your favorite thing about working at Trevor?
I enjoy working at The Trevor Project because it allows me to make a difference in the lives of youth in crisis. As someone who has always been drawn to work with young people, it’s incredibly rewarding to be part of an organization that provides critical support and resources to LGBTQ youth who are struggling. I also appreciate the supportive and passionate co-workers who share the same dedication to youth and their well-being. Knowing that I am part of a team that truly cares about the youth we serve is inspiring and motivating, and it’s a privilege to work alongside such talented and committed individuals.
What brought you to Trevor?
As a person with a social work background and a parent, I’ve always been drawn to work that makes a difference in people’s lives. When I learned about the mission of the Trevor Project and the important work we do to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, I knew it was a place where I could make a real impact. The fact that the organization is rooted in saving lives was a driving force in my decision to work here, and I feel privileged to be part of such a dedicated and passionate team. I enjoy helping and leading in a variety of ways, while also listening to learn.
What’s one of your favorite accomplishments with Trevor?
One of my proudest accomplishments at The Trevor Project has been working through a large number of imminent risk clients. As a crisis intervention counselor/supervisor, I’ve had the opportunity to support many young people in acute distress. While these situations can be incredibly challenging, it’s also incredibly rewarding to know that I’m helping someone in their darkest moment and potentially saving a life. Over time, I’ve become more skilled and confident in working with these high-risk clients, and I’m proud of the progress I’ve made in developing these critical skills. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s life, especially when they were in a very vulnerable place, is incredibly fulfilling and motivates me to continue doing this important work. As someone who is Black and a woman, I constantly have the world’s weight on my shoulders. Knowing that I can lighten the load for someone like me makes me grateful.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I would have to say the best advice I ever received would have to be from my adoptive mom. She would always tell me “Stop allowing your past to control your future, you don’t live there anymore.” This advice always stuck out to me because navigating foster care as a teenager was difficult for me. I struggled with accepting the reality of my situation and it hindered my growth for a long time.
What do you like to do outside of Trevor?
Outside of Trevor, I am an avid PTO and Sports mom. My son Javon and I enjoy volunteering and donating to the local women’s shelter. When I get a break from Javon and Trevor, I like to hang out with my friends and listen to music. I also enjoy a good target run with just my wallet and vibes. On our more chill days, we like to watch Big Bang theory, Sponge Bob and eat snacks.