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Sw we lead up to our panel on July 31 at the Big Tent conference in Knoxville, TN, the YAV Program and YAV Alumni would like to introduce our panelists.


Pam McMichael: Pam first became associated with Highlander as a long-time activist and organizer in Louisville, Kentucky. For decades now, Pam’s organizing and cultural work have focused on connecting people and issues across difficult divides, with particular focus on helping build a strong racially just movement. She has co-founded local, state and regional organizations with this core strategy, including Southerners on New Ground, where she served as co-director for 8 years. She was a national fellow with a Rockefeller Foundation leadership project to address the growing crisis in U.S. democracy, and her extensive nonprofit management experience includes social change and social service organizations.


Justin Chambers: Justin is a Grand Rapids, Michigan native who graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Social Work.  While at WMU he participated in an alternative spring break trip to Atlanta, which served as his introduction to Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR), and the beginning of his career in service work. Chambers spent the past two years in Atlanta serving as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer/Dweller.  During this time of service, he worked with Mercy Community Church sharing in ministry with those that live in the streets and those who are in jail.  Chambers accepted a position as the Recruitment Associate for the DOOR Network in the fall of 2014. He now travels the country inviting people to engage in the same community oriented service learning opportunities that have forever changed his life.


Lydia Kim: Lydia’s background is in clinical psychology and higher education.  Her professional life began as a psychotherapist (94’-99’) in New York City specializing in trauma and substance abuse.  In 2000, she began working with college students as a student affairs professional.  Lydia joined the YAV program as associate for administration in 2012.  In her current position, Lydia oversees various programmatic aspects including finance, care for applicants, current YAVs, and site coordinators.  Lydia has worked to promote racial and cultural justice in various capacities cross various disciplines.  Most recently, she serves in Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Cultural Competency Team.

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