Coordinator, GLBT Youth in Foster Care
Nathan Thomas, originally from Los Gatos, California, is the Independent Living Skills Coordinator for Green Chimneys Children's Services at the Gramercy Residence in Manhattan. He works with gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in foster care, one of only a handful of programs nationally that works specifically with this foster care population. According to Nathan, "The most rewarding aspect of this job is most definitely the youth that I have the opportunity to work with on a day-to-day basis." He notes that his NYU education has helped him "become a much stronger social worker with regards to clinical skills. I have noticed that NYU graduates that I work with in the field generally have a strong clinical sense and better self-awareness." Why did he choose social work? "Ever since I was a very young child I have had a deep appreciation for human behavior, and I never grew out of that."