About Us


The founders of SSS

Sarah Whiteman (she, her), Co-Founder

Sarah is a small business owner, certified Our Whole Lives facilitator, and LGBTQ+ advocate with certification in diversity, equity, and inclusion from Cornell University. Sarah’s SBSS specialties include nonprofit management, marketing and communications, community engagement, as well as development and donor relations. With a degree specializing in education, she has volunteered internationally promoting child welfare both at home and abroad. Sarah believes in the power of relationship, and focuses on bringing the whole family/community of care into the work of LGBTQ+ youth advocacy. As a life-long church leader, Sarah recognizes the importance of both mental and spiritual health within children, and helps kids develop a deeper spirituality. The promise of creating a world where every LGBTQ+ youth feels loved and accepted is a goal that keeps Sarah going.

Dawn Sorensen (she, they), Co-Founder

Dawn is a life-long LGBTQ+ activist who has been leading and developing LGBTQ+ organizations since 1992. Dawn is a staff member in the Office of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School who works with students pursuing Master of Divinity degrees. Dawn is a certified faith formation professional who is also trained in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum, and is at home facilitating youth groups and teaching youth about healthy relationships. Creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, providing resources, education, and care so that LGBTQ+ youth can flourish and spread their wings as happy, healthy adults are Dawn’s passions.

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