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On Oct. 15, the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center announced that, after an extensive search, Jay Maddock has been hired as the center’s new Program Director.
Maddock comes to the KGLRC with new energy and immense experience working with youth and people of color.
“I’m very excited to continue the great work that the KGLRC has been doing in the Kalamazoo community,” says Maddock. “I find myself very fortunate to be picking up this role after the bar was set so high by my predecessor, Tracy Hall, and at a time of growth for the Resource Center.”
Formerly of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan, Maddock has previously worked to develop and strength the Calhoun County Coalition for Inclusion – a gathering of church leaders, educators, mental health professionals, social service agencies, students, youth, advocates and community members dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive community for LGBTQ youth in Calhoun.
“One of the opportunities that I’m most looking forward to, is the chance to become more deeply vested in the transgender community, which I think has been overlooked for quite some time, but now we have the fortuity to take on new programming and expand our reach,” says Maddock.
Maddock’s primary responsibility will be developing and implementing new programming, while also overseeing the Triangle Mentorship Program. The Triangle Mentorship Program is the KGLRC’s trademark program for LGBT and allied youth, pairing them up with two mentors to provide them with role models.
Maddock begins at the KGLRC on Nov. 1. For more information about the KGLRC, go to www.KGLRC.org.