Keisha DeCoste, Next UP Calgary Coordinator

Keisha (she/her) is our Program Coordinator for Next Up Calgary, located on Treaty 7 territory, the traditional land of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina, Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta (Region 3).

Keisha’s work started with young people— with a bachelor’s in child, youth and family counselling, much of her early work centered around empowering youth voices and inspiring activism in young people. Her practice has included ‘boots on the ground’ experience working directly with children, youth and families in a compassionate, supportive and capacity-building manner.

Keisha is a queer woman passionate about advocacy, feminism, anti-oppressive frameworks, building community/individual capacity, allyship, biomimicry in social movements, accessibility, as well as pedagogical leadership.

Growing up in a low-income household and within the foster care system, Keisha is a trauma survivor and knows how trauma can color our experiences. She is passionate about creating trauma-informed spaces and believes strongly that through sharing our stories we can make connections rooted in positive common interests and create lasting change.