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Dori is the Center Manager at Youth First Texas and most likely the first person you’ll meet when you walk through the door. Dori has been an active volunteer with Youth First Texas since 2010. She began by working Gender Identity Nights with ‘Aunt’ Melanie and then slowly took on more responsibilities as the years went on, eventually bringing her partner Chris into the fun. Now YFT is their home away from home. Her primary job is to make the center a welcoming and fun place for the youth and the volunteers who come to help, but she’s also been known to be a jack-of-all-trades for whatever other job needs doing, whether that’s moving around furniture or writing newsletters.
Dori is currently studying Psychology at Texas Woman’s University and specializing in counseling for LGBTQ youth and their families. She’s also given a number of presentations about creating safe-spaces and encouraging diversity for the Fort Worth ISD, Dallas ISD, and Plano ISD as well as other conventions in the DFW area. Dori is dedicated to make Youth First Texas the safest, best place for LGBTQ youth and their allies to hang out and be themselves.