Dawn Balsis says: I started as an intern with the Gay Alliance in the fall of 2013. I was working on my masters in social work.

After my first meeting with Scott Fearing I knew that the Gay Alliance would be the perfect place for me to complete my field experience. Scott was so welcoming and warm and, as I was to discover, so were the rest of the staff and volunteers.

During my time as an intern I coordinated the youth program. It was an amazing experience that was only made better by getting to work closely with three smart, kind and dedicated volunteers, BJ Scanlon, Adrianne Chesser and Kerry Meagher-Roberts.

I also really enjoyed the kids that would come weekly to our group. As my time was ending as an intern I decided that I wanted to stay on as a volunteer with the youth program. I truly believe I get more out of volunteering with the Gay Alliance than I give. The Gay Alliance is a place where anyone can feel welcome and that they belong.