Our Team

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Founding Executive Director tasha@youthrising.com

Tasha felt drawn to stand up for the underdog from a very young age, with experiencing alcoholism and neglect from one parent and mental, emotional and verbal abuse from the other parent. In high school she was continuously kicked out of her home and couch surfing. Tasha was a top athlete, dancer, and musician but she began to struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, and binge drinking as things took a toll. In her late teen years she was sent to an abusive wilderness boot camp in the middle of winter in Northern Idaho which has since been forced to shut down. After coming home and missing too many days at school she attended a small alternative school that promoted life skills, employability skills, and goal-setting. After graduation, at the age of 19, she became a top Realtor and purchased her first home by age 20. She later received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Development & completed her Master’s Degree work in Education. She has since managed many youth-serving agencies, developed coalitions, and organized community-wide campaigns. She has obtained millions in grant awards and contracts in an effort to help sustain those agencies and programs.

Today, Tasha finds great personal value in being a part of a movement which empowers young people to conquer through their hardships and attain the quality-of-life they deserve while learning to use their voice for the greater good. She believes that the “underdogs” have the most potential when they realize their inner power, strength, and purpose.

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BRITT WEIDMAN Program Manager britt@youthrising.com

Britt Weidman is currently the Program Manager for Youth Rising. She started as the Youth Coordinator in November 2015 and has enjoyed developing and creating relationships with the teens who are part of Youth Rising and the community members and volunteers who have generously donated time and resources to making the Drop-In Center a better place for teens.

Britt was born in Missouri and moved to Klamath Falls at an early age. Following graduation from Klamath Union High School, Britt attended the University of Oregon and later transferred to Oregon Institute of Technology where she received a bachelor of science degree in Applied Psychology. Britt is very passionate about serving Klamath County and making it a great place to live. When she is not managing the Teen Center, Britt continues to work as a server at a locally-owned restaurant. Britt has worked at KB Brewing (The Creamery) for over 8 years and has developed strong relationships with her patrons and fellow servers. Britt is extremely invested in making Klamath better for teens and is so appreciative that she has a job where she can make a real difference.

In her free time, Britt loves spending time with her beloved canines (too many to mention by name) and her pet rat.”


HANA HOPPEZAK Drop-in Center Support

(More to come!)