PEEL'S LEADERSHIP TEAM

Intergenerational Community Organizing:

Youth-Led, Adult Staff & Volunteer-Supported

As a volunteer-run organization with an anti-oppression framework, PEEL works differently than a lot of traditional youth programs.

 

Our staff team are 100% volunteer and include adult community members who serve the Tacoma area as teachers, youth advocates, school resource support, teen librarians and more in their day jobs, and support PEEL youth programming in their lives beyond.

 

Our adult staff team work collectively with PEEL youth leaders in planning meetings, organizing events, and leading trainings on trauma-informed topics both within the group and at area youth programs. We host a monthly PEEL Planning Session, which includes both youth leaders and volunteer staff to ensure programming is as youth-centered as possible.

 

Through working in a youth-adult partnership model, we are able to combine efforts through youth leadership and vision and adult resources and wisdom. We aim to use this model to stay true to our anti-oppression philosophy. 

COLLIN VEENSTRA 

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

Collin has worked with youth and young adults for the past decade in youth advocacy, prevention programming, education, leadership development programming and more, They 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.

In addition to their work with PEEL, Collin provides regular consultations and trainings in the community on trauma-informed youth programming, adultism, LGBTQ youth advocacy, and more, working with organizations including the Washington Coalition of  Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP),, Pacific Lutheran University, and Real Art Tacoma.  In Spring 2019, Collin was awarded the Visionary Voice award for Washington State by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). 

 

If you are interested in bringing Collin to your organization for a training or consultation, please email us at tacomapeel@gmail.com. Half of all funds from Collin's training and consulting go to support our program, which is 100% volunteer-run.

PEEL's Funding Structure

PEEL currently operates as a sole proprietorship business model, in which our funding comes directly from trainings, consulations, and poster art sales from Collin's "Stop Chicken Me Out" poster series for youth.  Donations are gladly accepted, but are unfortunately not tax-deductable. Our reasons for sole proprietorship vs. non-profit funding structure is part of our work in striving to center an anti-oppression outlook in our framework.

 

With so many non-profits doing incredible work and so few grants available to apply for, we wanted to try something different. In Collin's consulting, art, and specific contracts funding the program directly, we are hoping to be a small but self-sustainable program that continues to grow but doesn't compete against other organizations for limited funding resources. 

Please visit Collin's Etsy page to view the Stop Chicken Me Out Poster series - half of all sales got to support PEEL programming! 

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