Meet Our Training Team - Los Angeles LGBT Center

“... I think I was excited to know that the system is doing something about kids like me and stuff like that, so...I wasn't really nervous. I was more like excited to know the system is actually trying to do something for us.”  
–RISE program youth client 

Read the full report on the Findings from the RISE Youth Qualitative Interviews.

Meet Our Training Team

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Ariel Bustamante, Training and Coaching Manager

rise ArielAriel Bustamante (she/her/hers) is a former Liberty Hill Leader to Watch and American Bar Association Panelist with nearly a decade of experience working with social justice non-profits including GSA Network, Liberty Hill Foundation, the ACLU of Southern California, and now the RISE Program at the LA LGBT Center. She attended Green Mountain College, an environmental liberal arts college in the small, rural village of Poultney, Vermont and self-designed her area of study: inequality and oppression studies. As a certified HIV testing and prevention counselor, she worked to increase awareness and access to resources in the small town. For over 6 years, using an intersectional model, she worked to support the leadership development of youth activists and community organizers. As an equity and compliance expert, she has trained thousands of adults in the education sector, service providers, and others across the country at conferences, on panels, and through on-site consultation.

Ange Castellanos, Training and Coaching Instructor

rise angeAnge (she/her/hers) coordinates permanency plans for youth receiving RISE services and works to ensure that all surrounding adults are LGBTQ-affirming and competent.  She coordinates a team of four care professionals to provide support and therapeutic services to LGBTQ youth and their caregivers.  She earned her B.A. in Sociology from UC Riverside while participating as a student athlete. Ange has been involved in the social service field since 2008.


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