The Leadership Team
Corey Harvard received his BA in English and philosophy from the University of South Alabama where he served as editor-in-chief of Oracle Fine Arts Review. A songwriter since his middle school years, you can find him playing gigs around Mobile on a regular basis. He frequently brings his love for poetry and music into the work he does at Prism. Whenever he gets the opportunity, he backpacks and tries to grow things.
Site Director, Prism Fairhope
Sarah Rutledge Fischer is an artist, writer, LGBTQ+ activist, and licensed (but inactive) attorney living in Fairhope, Alabama. Since 2015, Sarah has been writing for Focus Magazines, authoring articles that serve the LGBTQ+ community, including a regular advice column titled Ask Allie. Closer to home, she teaches art classes at the Eastern Shore Art Center and exhibits her artwork locally. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her family or tending her beehives.
Program Director, Prism Preteens
Kirsten is a Mobile native. She has twice graduated from the University of South Alabama: first with a BA in secondary education and English, followed by an MA in education leadership. Kirsten has seven years of teaching experience with English learners and is currently coordinator of the MCPSS ESL & migrant programs. As the program director of Prism Preteens, she develops curriculum and facilitates preteen meetups. She spends her spare time going on adventures with her little girl.
Dr. Stephen M. Young
Program Director, Prism Families
Dr. Stephen M. Young, PhD, LCSW as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of South Alabama. In addition, he currently serves as a Quality Assurance Reviewer for Mobile County’s Department of Human Resources. Dr. Young has worked extensively with children and families both as a school social worker in Indianapolis, Indiana and as a Qualified Social Worker in London, United Kingdom. In his spare time, he loves hiking with his dog and experimenting with new cuisines in the kitchen.
Our Governing Principles
Prism strives to cultivate a cooperative governing ethos, de-centering power and prioritizing the voices of the youth it serves. To achieve this, Prism holds biannual, 360-degree evaluations of its staff and volunteers: youth evaluate facilitators, facilitators evaluate directors. Submitted evaluations are anonymous and are inaccessible to the individuals to whom they pertain.
Board of Directors
DR. FRANKLIN TRIMM
DR. JAMIE FRANCO-ZAMUDIO
Prism United responds to the comprehensive needs of LGBTQ youth. Specifically, Prism works to mitigate the psychological, socio-economic, and academic disadvantages caused by repression and victimization.