About Maven Youth

Our Mission and Vision

Maven fos­ters inno­v­a­tive solu­tions that empow­er LGBTQ+ youth to net­work, orga­nize and edu­cate for social change.

We accom­plish our mis­sion by: 

  • Pro­vid­ing mean­ing­ful skills explo­ration and devel­op­ment to pave career path­ways for LGBTQ+ youth 
  • Bridg­ing the tech­nol­o­gy gap between LGBTQ+ youth and youth serv­ing organizations
  • Trans­form­ing the tech indus­try through con­scious­ness rais­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tive partnerships

We envision a world where:

LGBTQ+ youth are equipped with the knowl­edge, skill, and abil­i­ty to cre­ate inno­v­a­tive tech solu­tions. Youth are pro­vid­ed career path­ways into tech­nol­o­gy and sup­port­ed to advance with­in the tech indus­try through train­ing, men­tor­ship, and application.

LGBTQ+ youth serv­ing orga­ni­za­tions are pro­vid­ing ser­vices to youth using the most inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy. It’s a world where non-prof­its are pro­vid­ed the fund­ing and sup­port need­ed to access and sus­tain the newest tech­nol­o­gy to bet­ter serve youth.

The LGBTQ+ com­mu­ni­ty thrives in tech­nol­o­gy. It’s a world where the tech indus­try invests in the next gen­er­a­tion of LGBTQ+ pro­fes­sion­als and changes how our com­mu­ni­ty is rep­re­sent­ed in games and media. LGBTQ+ tech pro­fes­sion­als, espe­cial­ly lead­ers of col­or, rise with­in the industry.

LGBTQ+ youth are free to explore their iden­ti­ty free from bul­ly­ing and hate­ful speech. It’s a world where youth can walk into a cen­ter online before they’re com­fort­able with step­ping through the door (or find a door online that isn’t in their community).

We envi­sion a world where the most rur­al of youth can access an array of resources avail­able in the urban­est areas. It’s a world where youth are shar­ing resources and best prac­tices – con­nect­ing a thriv­ing GSA club in San Anto­nio, TX with a bud­ding group in rur­al Ker­man, CA.

National Youth Council Members

Aaron Farrell
Leander, TX
Marlo Swagemeier
Roundrock, TX
Kiernynn Grantham-Crum
Berkeley, CA
Humaira Syed
Menlo Park, CA
Sam Gonzalez
Brooklyn, New York
Shamoun Syed
Menlo Park, CA
Riley Newton
Austin, TX
Alyssa Young
San Francisco, CA

Board Members

Sean Conroy
Zakir Parpia
Seth Olshfski
Khan Academy
Austin Hernandez
Keep Austin Lucky
Lukas Blakk
Colleen Finnagan
Gael Gundin Guevara
Mi Dinero Mi Futuro


Monica Ann Arrambide
CEO & Founder