KBCAN

Keeping Ballroom Community Alive Network

Meet the Organizer: Timothy Tobias

Timothy Tobias, received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Service from New York City College of Technology in 2011; shortly thereafter he attended Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where he obtained a Master of Social Work. He didn’t’ stop there, in 2015 to further enhance his clinical skills and knowledge in social work practice, Timothy enrolled in a Doctorate of Social Work program at Capella University. Currently as a DSWc Timothy is infusing his coursework with vulnerable youth/young adults, particularly in the House Ball Community (HBC) to examine and explore innovative and appealing methods linked to engagement efforts heavily invested in overall health and wellness. Moreover, Timothy help to create the Health Outreach To Teens(HOTT) Youth/Young Adult Outreach Wellness Project at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center. Currently as the project coordinator for the wellness project, Timothy’s responsibilities are aligned with coordinating and facilitating a team of staff members who offers HIV/STI screening and treatment, primary care, PEP/PrEP treatment information, risk reduction and supportive counseling services to youth/young adults in the HBC.

He is known in the HBC as TimPrincess-Lanvin, an influential long participating member and world renowned voguer. Through his outreach efforts as a project coordinator he realizes that traditional HIV prevention paradigms along may not often be fruitful in engaging youth/young adults in the HBC. In response, Tim decided to develop framework enabling a strong connection between the Youth/Young Adult Wellness Project and the youth/young adults of the HBC. Subsequently, Tim has been able to successfully use his unique approaches to effectively engage and encourage youth/young adults of the HBC to take a more overall wellness approach in accessing health care services. He also uses his ballroom affiliation as a platform by creating more culturally sensitive and affirming artistic intervention. For example, Tim along with Martez Smith combine their love for vogue, and role as social workers by developing an appealing intervention called Elements of Vogue Experience. Elements of Vogue Experience is an artistic six session-multidimensional intervention that uses the power and strength within the six elements of vogue as a therapeutic tool to help address commonly known life struggles among youth/young adults in HBC. This intervention’s ultimate goal is aimed at improving the quality of life while adding meaning to the lives of youth/young adults of ballroom.