In 2014, over seventy young women in the YouTube community came forward with accounts of sexual and emotional abuse perpetrated by high-profile creators.
Many of these creators had large audiences and were deeply trusted, and the communities that surrounded these YouTubers were reeling. It was clear from the number, severity, and response to these accounts that this violence was an institutional issue that needed a long-term response.
As traditional sexual violence frameworks provided little insight into this unique situation, YouCoalition was designed to provide resources, support, and education specifically tailored to communities fostered through the Internet.
Within its first year, YouCoalition became Uplift, with the broader goal of helping all Internet communities. Uplift expands upon the missions of traditional sexual violence movements, addressing the complexities that our virtual world add to instances of sexual and emotional abuse, especially within highly networked online communities.
Social Media Manager
Former Executive Director for the Harry Potter Alliance.
Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Uplift. Now Women's Health Policy Analyst at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Co-Founder and former Communications Director of Uplift.
New York Times bestselling author and the co-executive director of Mischief Management, the company that runs BroadwayCon, LeakyCon, GeekyCon, and Con of Thrones.
Co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance and member of the band Harry and the Potters.
CEO of Complexly, VidCon, co-founder of DFTBA Records and Crash Course, best known for the YouTube channel Vlogbrothers.
CEO of Complexly, #1 best-selling author, and host and co-creator of Crash Course and Vlogbrothers.
Community Manager for HoloLens and Mixed Reality at Microsoft and long-time YouTube content creator.
Licensed Psychologist and Psychology Instructor.
YouTuber and Executive Assistant and VP of Development to John Green.