Co-director of Programming
Kim Larson is one of the founding organizers of Carolina Youth Action Project. Kim is a musician who didn’t start writing and performing music until the age of 22 after volunteering at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in New York. Through attending and hosting house shows for many years she discovered how powerful music can be as a tool for building community and inspiring personal and political transformation. She is always amazed by the young people she has met through working with CYAP and is excited to see their vision of a better South Carolina become more possible everyday. Kim also plays guitar in post-punk band Southern Femisphere.
Co-director of Development
Rachel is a queer, biracial Asian-American femme from the backwoods of Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Before joining the CYAP organizing team in 2016, they graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. As a book nerd who was first politicized around academic feminisms, Rachel is grateful for the ways in which CYAP allows them to heal and grow every day through the deeply personal work of nitty gritty, grassroots youth organizing. In the very limited free time they have between waiting tables and organizing for social change, Rachel enjoys riding their bike in the glow of the moonlight, searching for the best potato chips life has to offer, and playing fetch with their cat, Gertrude.
Co-director of Development
Micah Blaise is a Southern radical educator and organizer who was born & raised in rural South Carolina. She’s worked with the Carolina Youth Action Project in many capacities since its founding in 2011. Micah believes deeply that girls, transgender, and gender non-conforming youth of color know what's needed to transform South Carolina into a state where all of us are safe, where we are free, and where we have what we need. As Co-Director of Development for CYAP, she is passionate about moving resources to support these young leaders and their organizing work long-term. By day, Micah is a special education teacher at North Charleston High School where she wears inappropriately dark lipstick and works to stoke students' innate fire for resistance and revolution through carefully planned novel study units.
Co-director of Community Organizing
Pangur is a queer trans woman from the beautiful and sunny Hilton Head Island. She is currently a freshman at the College of Charleston studying Computing in the Arts with a music focus. Pan began fighting against systems of oppression in high school by defending her own gender and standing up for marginalized groups all around her. She attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities where she studied Double Bass performance and was the president of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance. Pan joined CYAP in the summer of 2016 as a camp volunteer, teaching bass lessons. She continues to be amazed by the power music has as a tool of social change. She strives to make the world safer for marginalized youth by volunteering at Camp Aranu’tiq, a summer camp for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Pan enjoys playing jazz gigs, as well as jamming out in a indie rock band. In her free time, Pan enjoys the rough and tumble of playing rugby, lounging on the beach, and jamming out to everything from classical music to feminist punk.
Co-director of Community Organizing
Chan has been a CYAP organizer since 2013. A gemini drawn to murky margins, they have a whole lot of queer love for the low country, and envisioning what’s possible in this red state. They are currently working to build power and sustain youth organizing efforts to intervene on the juvenile justice and public school systems in their city and state.
Quincie, originally from Seattle, decided to bring her black girl magic to Charleston in 2011. She is currently double majoring in African American Studies and Psychology at the College of Charleston. Quincie hopes to encorage girls, girls of color and trans/queer youth to challenge the status quo and be free to express themselves without fear of judgement. This desire to help children to love themselves and build the community is what drives her to work with the Carolian Youth Action Project and the Girls Rock Summer Camp. When she finds free time, Quincie enjoys dancing silly and prides herself on keeping up with all of the hip dance trends new and old.
Anna is from Charleston, SC where she studied theatre at the School of the Arts and later at the College of Charleston. Her favorite things are cooking, gardening, eating, playing her ukulele, crafting, and watching good/bad action movies. She first volunteered with Carolina Youth Action Project during the camp's first year in 2011. She had such a wonderful experience, and started organizing with CYAP in 2016! She loves working collaboratively with the other organizers, and most of all she loves camp week and the incredible campers she meets every year.
Jen is a mixed race queer living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been an organizer with Carolina Youth Action Project since 2014. Jen is currently on the board for the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an international network of arts and social justice oriented programs. While she spends her days working at the College of Charleston, Jen is much more interested in building an intersectional movement of rock camps and programs worldwide. When not organizing with the dreamy folks at CYAP, Jen can be found reading about the Enneagram (she's a type 1), creating docs in Google Drive, or taking photographs of doors.
Amelia Phillips Hale
Amelia Phillips Hale was born in Kentucky and raised in North Carolina. She has driven across the country, camped out in gale force winds and been licked by hundreds of dogs. Since graduating from UNC Chapel Hill and Randolph Community College she has been recognized internationally for her photography work. Amelia currently lives in Charleston, SC with her best friend Dan, their daughter Corinne and dog Ashe. She began volunteering with Carolina Youth Action Project last summer taking photos during their camp, and then helped out in the fall of 2016 with their after-school program. When not working, she can be found relaxing with her family, fighting for justice or reading a book.
After moving to Charleston via Atlanta, Georgia, Becca began the College of Charleston in 2011 and Majored in Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology. Becca's first involvement with Carolina Youth Action Project was during Summer Camp 2015. She continues to live and love in the Lowcountry and works for Florence Crittenton Programs, where she assists in the creation of a safe, empowering, and compassionate environment for youth during their pregnancies and as young mothers.
Camela Guevara is an artist and a seamstress in Charleston, SC. Guevara creates tactile fiber art combining traditional, time-honored sewing techniques and spare, geometric imagery with beads, sequins, thread, and ink. She teaches embroidery and is currently exploring free form imagery in gouache.
Leigh Friar is a Charleston local and a senior at the College of Charleston working towards a BA in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. They are currently a full time Victim Advocate at People Against Rape and volunteer with We Are Family and My Sister's House. This genderqueer human's greatest loves are naps and their cat Bunso. Leigh is thrilled to be joining the volunteer fundraising team and is continuously inspired by the radical activists that put in the work everyday to make the south a place that we all feel safe to call home.
Marge moved to Charleston from her hometown of Rock Hill, SC. She started volunteering with Carolina Youth Action Project as a counselor, but over the years has gotten to play a number of different roles during camp week; her favorite role is trying to convince campers to use the sound effects on the keyboard. Currently she works as a student researcher and tutor for the Computer Science department at the College of Charleston. You can find her at dance parties, board game nights, or at home surfing the world wide web.