Brett Paterson

Brett Patterson envisions a society where the resources and education needed to maintain equal opportunities and choices are readily available to those in need. In Brett’s rural community in the Central Valley of California, many queer youth and women of color go through the public school system with inadequate or even false sex education. Furthermore, the resources to find health clinics and women’s centers are limited or nonexistent. He has created projectGUESS, which aims to empower and enable such communities to find resources, access information regarding their health and choices. Through university-distributed magazines, online virtual resource centers, and mentorship programs, Brett and projectGUESS set out to identify the issues by directly asking the community to provide the correct education and resources to tackle issues like queer/trans health, women’s opportunity growth, and minority youth advancement. With the spark of a movement, Brett hopes that one day that these issues will be addressed at the state level.