Pioneers and Changemakers: Jasmyn Green
Jasmyn Green is a program manager at local nonprofit Oasis for Youth. She is a fierce advocate for youth, with 15 years of direct service and leadership work in youth services. Green started her career as an outreach worker with District 202 StreetWorks. She then went on to work at Lutheran Social Services, Salvation Army and Face 2 Face. Green is part of several community efforts that focus on the importance of racial equity and how inequalities create youth homelessness in Minnesota. She is also a teacher. Green continues to share her knowledge and skill with the youth-serving community as a trainer and advisor, especially on the topics of parenting and working with youth who are commercially sexually exploited.
Q: What’s one of your most rewarding work experiences?
A: I’ve been doing this kind of work for a long time. I’ve been working with folks in different settings—whether out in the community or in a shelter setting. For me, youth voices are really important and really powerful.
That’s a strong point for me and it continues to guide my work. Young people should be at the forefront and at the table when it comes to decision-making. Young people are the experts in their journeys. Giving youth the chance to have their voice heard is rewarding.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I had very similar experiences to the young people I work with. I’ve talked a lot about youth voices and access to opportunities, and safe caring adults because those are the kind of things that made a difference for me. I had people who gave me a different outlet and helped me. I want to do that for others. I am passionate about working alongside young people who are experiencing multiple disparities. I really want to give back to folks in my community and families who are experiencing homelessness.
Q: What advice do you have for young professionals?
A: Enjoy your youth. Take advantage of as many opportunities and resources as you can. I think access and lack of knowledge can be a challenge. Find safe spaces to connect with peers and lift each other's voices whenever you can.