Posted July 30, 2020
We are excited to announce that Grace Hansen joined the OUT Maine Team as our Youth Health Educator. Hansen’s work will focus on reducing smoking and vaping among LGBTQ+ youth as part of a new partnership with the Center for Tobacco Independence. LGBTQ+ youth vape and use tobacco at higher rates than other youth -- a critical health disparity.
Grace graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a BA in Anthropology and International and Global Studies. Her past work and volunteer
experience has concentrated in youth development, leadership, and community health. She spends most of her free time with her (very large) family
or in the mountains and is thrilled to get to explore the midcoast as she moves to Thomaston to support OUT Maine’s mission.
"I am thrilled to be joining such an inspiring team and mission at OUT Maine,” says Grace. “My past experience studying food insecurity in Franklin
County has developed a passion for working with rural health and the barriers that Maine, specifically, faces both geographically and culturally.
There are so many people and issues that go unnoticed, and I feel incredibly grateful that I am able to help these people and issues gain visibility
as my job and feel passionate about what I am doing."
OUT Maine works toward a welcoming and affirming Maine for all rural young people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender identities.
In partnership with their allies and families, OUT Maine supports, educates and empowers these youth in their journey from adolescence to adulthood.
For more information, or to support OUT”s critical work on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth, please visit our website at outmaine.org.