Survivor Leader, Founder and CEO
Youth Trust Project
UAS Survey Leader for
Sex Trafficking Survivors & LGBTQ Questions
Recently graduating Washburn University with a clinical Masters in Social Work degree with certifications in Victim and Survivor services, Art Therapy, and Nonprofit Management, Kristen dedicates her life to serving others. Her day job as a therapist provides her with opportunities to empower and engage families in family preservation services, and reaching families who find themselves struggling to function.
When Kristen leaves her day job, she services as the Founder and CEO of Youth Trust Project, a nonprofit organization operating in Northeast Kansas to provide prevention, intervention, and supportive services to at risk youth and young adults, as well as youth and young adults who have experienced exploitation in their lives.
YTP advocates work out of juvenile detention centers, cars, coffee shops, churches, and community centers, working toward building capacity to have a child advocacy center with drop in services, enhance the response team rescue initiatives in our part of the state, and further educate on survivor leadership and the benefits of partnering with survivor-led organizations in this movement. Kristen has over a decade of experience working with marginalized youth and families who have experienced complex trauma, providing consultation to nonprofit organizations serving trafficking survivors, and providing crisis intervention and advocacy services.
Kristen has had the honor of serving as a delegate of the United Nations via the International Public Policy Institute, serving on the US Attorney's Office Kansas Working Group on Human Trafficking Task Force, and as a Victims Services Subcommittee Member for the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board. Kristen is a member of the National Survivor Network and Survivor Leaders Institute, and has delivered key note and training sessions to professionals from around the country. Kristen is also an accomplished artist and expert in the healing arts for survivors of complex trauma.