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Five More Questions with Jordan Costen from Safe Space NOVA

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Wednesday you heard Jordan Costen answered “10 Questions” from guest host Jane Hess Collins about himself, Safe Space NOVA, the LGBTQ+ community, and how Alexandrians can get involved in our great city during our Z-TV LIVE! show. Here’s five more questions with Jordan:

  1. Have you ever been on a Zoom call in your pajamas?

I have not. My entire outfit has to be together when I’m on camera.

  1. What is your favorite part of nature?

I love the ocean. It’s so vast and calming. Water has always been a calming force in my life.

  1. Tell us about the Safe Space NOVA scholarship program.

It wasn’t part of our initial plan, but our board of directors wanted to recognize the youth in our program by offering scholarships and certificates for all of work they’ve done. This included recognizing our Student Ambassador.

Our first fundraiser to raise money for scholarships was in September 2019, which was six and a half weeks before our wedding! I thought my husband was going to kill me – it was so stressful! We gave out two scholarships this year.

  1. What is the happiest news you’ve heard in the last 24 hours?

Glad you asked! Our dream is to have a drop-in space for our LGBTQ+ community where the kids can hang out after school, seek therapy, tutoring, or play video games with their friends. As of yesterday, we found a warehouse we can rent that’s close to the Van Dorn metro. Now we just have to come up with the $2700 monthly rent. (Want to help? Contact Jordan here).

  1. What’s your favorite Alexandria restaurant?

Fratelli in the west end of Alexandria off of Van Dorn street. I’m a huge seafood lover and their salmon al forno is to die for!


Jane Collins

Jane Hess Collins is a communications consultant and coach, and holds a masters’ degree in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. She is the founder and executive director of Heard, an Alexandria-based nonprofit that teaches life skills disguised as art to underserved populations. She retired from the United States Air Force in 2009.

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  1. Jane, I just read your post on Facebook about the young man who represents the LBTG youth in the area. Great looking guy ! And the story is great. You are awesome. Mom

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