Samantha Carwyn
Community Engagement Liaison, Children and Youth Director, Planned Parenthood North Central States, Metropolitian Community Church

Sam Carwyn is dedicated to serving her community, focusing on youth and families. As an advocate centering her efforts on those who are most marginalized, she is devoted to providing education to collaboratively create accessible, inclusive, and uplifting environments. At her full-time job, Sam collaborates with parents, youth, and community members to address unintended teen pregnancy. Her part-time work is dedicated to the mission to live, teach, proclaim, and celebrate Christ's all-inclusive love.

Sam serves as Co-Chair of GLSEN Omaha's education committee to create safe schools for all. She advocates for the health of the African American community as treasurer for North Omaha Community Care Council, and she supports peers in the nonprofit sector as Professional Development Chair with the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Greater Omaha.

Considering her role of "mom" as her greatest privilege, Sam feels honored to parent all those who enter her home via foster care. She strives to create a legacy that her son, Gabriel, and bonus kid, Kayla, will be proud of. She serves as a member-at-large for Nebraska's Foster Adoptive Parent Association, uplifting the needs for an intersectional lens that is mindful of LGBTQ youth and children of color.

Sam earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Child, Youth, and Family Studies, with a minor in Communication. After graduation, she spent 10 years in the human services field working with individuals in shelters, their homes, foster homes, residential treatment centers, and with individuals immediately following their stays in psychiatric hospitals. In 2015 she completed the Master of Arts in Teaching program at College of Saint Mary. She possesses an endorsement in Special Education for Kindergarten-12th grade as well as Social Studies for 4th-9th grade. Sam currently is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree, with Social Transformation as her area of concentration, through United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.