Welcome to Sharon Hoefer, MSSW, our new TFYHI Project Manager!
We recently video chatted with Sharon Hoefer, one of our newest TXICFW team members, to learn a bit more about her! Sharon is our Project Manager with the Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative. Throughout her career, Sharon has worked directly with survivors of interpersonal violence as a case manager and support group facilitator, and with children and young adults in a variety of settings including violence prevention education and social and life skills education. We are so excited to have her join the team!
Hi, Sharon! Tell us a little bit about what you were doing before joining the TXICFW team.
In my last role, I worked collaboratively with college students at UT to create violence prevention programming and messaging about consent, healthy relationships, and supporting survivors of interpersonal violence. Working with and learning from young people is one of my favorite parts of my work, and I think absolutely vital to creating sustainable change. That work was also embedded within an office dedicated to overall student well-being, meaning that we were able to draw important connections between mental and physical health, community care, and healthy relationships.
What excites you or interests you most about the work you do?
I get excited about work that gives people tools to open up dialogue about difficult, sensitive topics in ways that work for them. Topics like sexual health, interpersonal violence, and trauma are hard to talk about for many reasons, but we can’t prevent harm or support healing and well-being without addressing them.
What is something you hope to achieve in your career?
I hope to contribute to creating systems that better serve people’s needs.
What are some of your personal hobbies?
I am an aerialist, and will find any excuse to dance. I also enjoy crossword puzzles, trivia, and spending time outside (especially if I can spend that time relaxing in a hammock).
To learn more about Sharon Hoefer , visit her staff profile.