Kenton Kirby is the Director of Clinical and Trauma Support Services for Neighbors in Action and the director for Make It Happen. Make It Happen is geared towards providing supportive victim services to young men of color, historically an underserved population due to gender roles and societal expectations of manhood. This program aims to challenge and educate its members, and outside service providers, of the profound long term impacts trauma has on individuals regardless of gender or race.

Prior to coming to NIA, Kenton worked in child welfare where he witnessed firsthand the role and impact traumatic events in our communities can play on individuals without proper support. In his work though Make It Happen, Kenton hopes to develop a safe space for male victims of violence to support one another following their trauma and develop skills to help members realize their internal strength in pursuing a healthy and productive life.

Kenton has a Master’s Degree from New York University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of New York.  Kenton has experience providing clinical individual and group therapy to children and adults.