This is the official discussion thread for the cause Youth Pride Inc. Its EIN is 05-0478645 and it's a public charity based in Providence, RI. Research more info about the cause on GuideStar and Charity Navigator.
We are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
Youth Pride is an organization that was created in 1992 and provides services free of charge for teens and young adults (up to age 21) who are LGBTQ.
Services include: free counseling, group sessions, weekly community dinners, free bus passes for youth to get to the center, clothing exchanges, school supplies, and a safe space to hang out. They also train community leaders on how to make LGBTQ youth in their community feel safe.
My daughter has attended YPI events off and on for the past few years. I cannot say enough about this amazing place. For some of the children, it is the only space where they can go to be themselves. The clothing exchange they have may be the only place where a trans child can get an outfit they feel comfortable in. The free counselors take appointments 5 days a week, because the suicide rate among LGBTQ kids is estimated to be 3 times higher than straight cis youth.
I hope you will consider supporting this charity!
From their webpage: ”
Youth Pride Inc. (YPI) is an affirming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning young people to build community, develop connections and be themselves. Youth come together from a wide range of backgrounds and join with one another over common issues and activities, sometimes as simple as playing video games or sharing a meal. All of our programs are free of charge and include individual counseling, weekly discussion groups, leadership trainings, social events and wellness activities. In the end, youth experiences at YPI can be transformative.
Recognizing that LBGTQQ youth exist outside of YPI, we also provide professional development and training for youth service providers, social service organizations and schools so they have the information and resources to treat all youth with respect and dignity.”