Noah Beaufford joined SchoolTalk in 2017 during his junior year at Eastern Senior High School. In the summer of 2017, Noah completed a D.C. Public Schools Competitive Employment Opportunities Program internship with SchoolTalk. After he graduated from Eastern Senior High School in 2018, he worked for Literacy Lab for two years where he tutored three- and four-year-old children in literacy.
Noah began as a program assistant for the Arts to Advocacy team in 2020, where he supports the design and facilitation of arts-based programming for D.C. youth. He facilitates a variety of school-based workshops for youth, supports youth one-to-one to complete electronic portfolios, and provides them with accommodations they need to participate.
Noah is proudest of his work interviewing and documenting the experiences of former Forest Haven residents. The project includes the voices of individuals who lived at Forest Haven and what it meant to live there. It also highlights their journeys to live lives a part of and included in the community today. Forest Haven was an institution created for people with intellectual disabilities. It was where people from the District of Columbia were sent from the 1920s to 1970 to live lives apart and separate from the community. Noah believes that it is extremely important to provide former residents of Forest Haven with a safe space and trusting environment where they can share their stories from their own perspectives. He feels honored that he can provide them with a platform to elevate their experiences to the world.
Noah has been trained in trauma informed communication. He graduated from Eastern Senior High School in 2018.