Camp Fire Green Country, Tulsa
Abril Marshall, who serves as diversity and inclusion coordinator for Camp Fire Green Country, has been named the agency’s outstanding mentor in recognition of their mentorship and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer high school youth in Tulsa County.
Marshall provides guidance to youth in their schools’ Gay-Straight Alliance associations and partners with Youth Services of Tulsa to provide mentoring, camp and outdoor events to the youth they serve. Because of Marshall’s efforts, the agency was able to secure a large grant to continue its work serving LGBTQ+ youth. Marshall has also helped educate the Camp Fire staff on best practices when working with diverse communities. He has led internal trainings on youth voice, diversity and inclusion in the LGBTQ+ community, ableism and Islamophobia.
“Abril’s favorite part of the job is being in the presence of youth who are truly dedicated to impacting the world for the better,” said Liz Hunt, director of Camp Fire Green Country.
Marshall has directly mentored more than 30 youth in Tulsa-area schools and worked with students last summer to create a float for Tulsa’s PRIDE Parade.
“There was a student who was very artistic but also quite shy,” Hunt said. “Through Abril’s mentorship, this student felt empowered to design a shirt that all of the youth and Camp Fire staff wore during the PRIDE Parade.
“Seeing Abril work with the youth they serve is incredibly heart-warming,” Hunt added. “Abril, more than many adults I have worked with, has the ability to really listen to what the youth are saying. Abril truly values their opinions and beliefs.”
About the Program: Through after-school clubs, youth leadership, camps and outdoor activities, Camp Fire provides the opportunity for young people to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are.