About

Shift MN envisions LGBTQ communities where everyone has equitable access to resources that cultivate sustainable wellness practices. We advocate for healthier LGBTQ communities through outreach, education, social media and policy. Shift MN is a program of JustUs Health and is funded by a Tobacco-Free Communities grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

meet the team

 
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Joíe Adebanjo

A tea lover with a unique sense of style, Joíe is a model with a dying thirst that can only be quenched via reparations. They are a strong believer in a genuine sense of 'compassion for your community' and an activist fighting to let the world know that all black lives matter. Their favorite thing about Shift MN is being able to better themselves and their immediate community, as a Virgo, it is their duty to check themselves and learn from those around them.


 
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KIERAN TVERBAKK

Kieran is a visual artist and proud parent of a one-toothed bobtail cat named Peanut. Originally from Houston TX, they moved to the Twin Cities to study fine arts. Their passion lies in using the arts to uplift POC, spread awareness of mental health issues as well as bridging access to affordable healthcare. In their free time they can be found hanging out in coffee shops, looking at or reading about art, and daydreaming about building a cabin in the woods.


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Brandon Castro-venancio

Brandon is a budding activist who wants to better his community for LGBT+ people. He grew up in New York where he developed a goal for the finer things in life, and hopes to utilize himself to help others do the same. In his free time, he likes to play with his dog and practice his hot pink bass named Ilya. He is a gay activist first, a closet gamer second, and a vegan (in theory) third.