SaShay is a seasoned youth development professional, educator and social justice advocate. She identifies and presents as a Black Queer Womxn. Originally from rural South Carolina, her upbringing in the African Methodist Episcopal Church taught her the value of service, community and advocacy. After completing a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Charleston, she traveled over 800+ miles to work alongside the youth, creatives and social change agents in Chicago.
Throughout her professional experiences, SaShay prioritizes working with people of color in their communities. As a first-generation college graduate, she’s cognizant of the societal barriers POC face. SaShay has navigated the obstacles of systemic oppression with the support and guidance of numerous community members, mentors and ancestors. While working at LCLC, she hopes to help youth reach their ideal version of success while concurrently challenging and dismantling the existence of oppression in our global community.
SaShay’s a Southside resident, an avid basketball fan, poetry enthusiast, and a dog mom. Her formal education includes a M.Ed in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago and BA in Child and Family Studies from Columbia College in Columbia, SC.