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May’s Staff Spotlight - Beth Nellis, Youth Advocate

How long have you been at Prevail and what is your position?

I am a Youth Advocate and have been working at Prevail for 7 months (in Feb. ’20 - started July 2019). Prior to coming aboard full-time, I volunteered for 3 cycles of teen support groups.

What do you like most about working for Prevail?

My favorite aspect of my job is witnessing the resilience of the kids I work with and their ability to grow and heal after trauma. I enjoy that my work allows for genuine and authentic interactions with kids whose strength and bravery I admire greatly.

Who is your hero?

I thoroughly admire the work Brené Brown is doing. I believe her messaging is profoundly relevant for each and every one of us. She has so much wisdom to share and does so in a relatable, approachable way. Lookout for her upcoming podcast “Unlocking Us”, premiering in March!

What is your favorite quote?

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.” - Brené Brown


What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield.

What motivates you the most to serve others?

I am motivated by the opportunity to be present for others during a time of emotional stress. Oftentimes, our clients reach out to us or meet us when their world has shifted in a way that sometimes leaves it unrecognizable. It is a gift to be allowed by our clients to step into this space and do our small part to foster recovery and healing from trauma. Being able to contribute to our community in this way is incredibly fulfilling and meaningful.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If chocolate ice cream with hot fudge sauce, brownie bites, and cookie dough could be nutritionally sustainable, then it would be my meal of choice. If I had to choose something that more closely resembles an actual meal, then I would pick my mom’s lasagna with a side of cheesy potatoes.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

During college, I spent a semester abroad in Australia. I arrived with 2 other students from my college, who I knew only in the context of filing for our Visa and attending preparatory meetings with the study abroad coordinator. For the first month and a half, I wanted to give up and go back home. But by the end of the semester I had cultivated rewarding friendships, passed my classes, and travelled to other cities and countries. I am proud of myself for embracing the novelty of a new continent, city, and university; for preserving through doubt; and for allowing myself to embrace the experience and come out of it more empowered and confident in myself.

What animal do you most identify with, and why?

I ardently dislike cats, but I do love naps, sunbathing, eating, and being pampered…it sure sounds like I could be a cat.

Favorite Prevail memory?

So far, my favorite Prevail experience has been our Fall 2019 staff development day. It was one of my first opportunities to connect with all of my co-workers on a personal level and to learn more about who each one of them is outside of the role they hold within our agency. There was laughter, learning, and art too!

Favorite self-care practice?

This might be a 3-way tie between sleeping in late, indulging in some type of sweet, or coloring.

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