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PEEL'S LEADERSHIP TEAM

COLLIN VEENSTRA 

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs  //  PEEL Founder & Program Director

Coming from a background that's included everything from arts day camps, community centers, sexual health, after-school programs, queer- and trans-specific youth programming, & consultations/trainings, Collin started PEEL in June 2017 with a group of local high school leaders who felt Tacoma needed a prevention-specific youth program that was collectively built and run by youth and supportive adults.

Collin loves getting to support young people who may be just starting to explore what leadership means to them, & sees any project they take on as an opportunity for prevention, consent, & mutual aid. Talking about art, consent, boundaries, social justice, mythology, & the weird things their pets Donut, Gelfling and Grandpa do, make them happiest. 

IRIS BIRITZ

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs or She/Her/Hers   

PEEL Founding Member, Social Media & Youth Engagement Intern

Iris Biritz is one of PEEL's founding youth members and currently serves as our Social Media & Youth Engagement Intern, supporting PEEL organizational planning, curriculum development, and helping keep youth voice centered in our work while mentoring the PEEL leadership team. Iris is a visual artist and recent graduate of Oakland High School in Tacoma, WA, and in addition to their work with PEEL, has begun actively showing their art at local showcases.

IRIS BIRITZ

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers   // PEEL Founding Member & Youth Consultant

Destiny Murrell is one of PEEL's founding youth members, our first youth intern, and now, after a recent move to North Carolina, our first remote youth consultant! While serving as our youth volunteer, Destiny helped organize meetings, write workshop curriculum, and mentored younger PEEL leaders through modeling facilitation skills, positive youth development, and teaching the basics of prevention.  In her short time with PEEL, Destiny has made a big impact, not only with our program here in Tacoma, but on a state-level. In May 2017, Destiny co-presented at the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs annual conference, educating adult service providers on youth-centered prevention and serving as a panelist on a conference-wide plenary panel on youth activism. 

 

With her recent move to North Carolina, Destiny is continuing to stay involved with PEEL by giving her thoughts on curriculum and programming remotely. Destiny plans to study psychology and eventually become a child psychologist, specializing in sexual violence trauma.