Maxine Spencer
More to Me Program Specialist, The Oasis Center
Maxine Spencer is the More to Me Program Specialist at the Oasis Center and delivers positive youth development programming to high school age LGBTQ+ youth of color in Middle TN. Maxine also collaborates with local college GSA’s in the Middle TN College GSA Network. Through her position, Maxine provides a point of connection for young people, particularly LGBTQ+ youth of color to have access to different forms of health care. Maxine is a 2018 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she received her BA in Philosophy. During her time at Vanderbilt, Maxine received training as a peer sex ed educator with Vandy Sex Ed, sang in the Vanderbilt Chorale, Symphonic and Concert Choirs, and founded an affinity group, BlackOut, which is a space for Black LGBTQ+ students to gather and support each other. During her time at Vanderbilt, Maxine developed a drive for activism that led her to become a part of Advocates for Youth where she is a member of the YouthResource program and Advocates for the Youth Activist Network. Maxine is proud to call Memphis her hometown and has a deep love appreciation for the city in her heart. She spends her time singing, playing video games, and reading to expand her imagination of what is truly possible to achieve in the world.