Lorrin Gehring is a passionate leader and advocate with over 15 years of experience working within youth serving systems. At 14, she joined a youth advocacy group called Youth N’ Action (now YouthSound) in Washington state and began advocating for youth rights and voice to be heard within the systems that serve them. Lorrin served as a peer mentor on Wraparound teams, and also as a consultant both locally and federally on issues of youth engagement within a System of Care framework.
At the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH), Lorrin served as the Youth Resource Specialist and as Social Marketing Technical Assistance Provider/Youth Outreach Director. In her role as the Youth Involvement Resource Specialist she provided support to system of care communities throughout the country on building and supporting youth engagement and leadership for young people with system involvement. While at the Federation, she developed and managed the Federation’s first ever youth advocacy track at the NFFCMH’s annual conference.
Lorrin went on to work as an Employment Specialist and Case Manager at a Resource Center in Salt Lake City for youth experiencing homelessness and as an aide working with preschoolers on the Autism spectrum in a therapeutic classroom setting.
She has authored numerous articles on youth involvement and is the 2011 Voice Award recipient for excellence in the field of youth advocacy, as well as the 2012 Marlene Matarase Advocate for Youth Rockstar awardee. Lorrin is fortunate to currently work with a dynamic team as the Program Director for YouthSound. When she’s not traveling around Washington state doing trainings she can be found in Olympia, WA eating Poprocks and listening to grunge music with her kids Max and Avenlea.