Youth Pride, Inc.

Don't Grow Up Invisible

Providence, RI   |  http://youthprideri.org

Mission

Youth Pride, Inc. (YPI) is the only safe LGBTQ Youth Center in the State of Rhode Island dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of youth and young adults impacted by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression. YPI's mission is to provide the services and opportunities necessary for youth and young adults to live full, health lives. YPI also works to end homophobia and transphobia in environments where young people live work, study and play. We accomplish this through educational presentations and professional development trainings that help create systems of change and empower young people to advocate for themselves with a sense of self-efficacy.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Elana Rosenberg

Main address

743 Westminster Street

Providence, RI 02903 USA

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EIN

05-0478645

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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Drop-in Center

Come join us at YPI’s drop-in center, a hang out space for LGBTQQ young people and their allies. Play some games, eat a healthy meal, get support and make new friends in a welcoming environment! There’s something different happening every day so come take a dance class, participate in a workshop, do yoga or talk about changing the world. Or just hang out! Check out our calendar of events to see upcoming programs and activities.

We strive to make our Drop-In space a safe place for everyone. In order to keep it that way, check out our Community Norms. If you are visiting us for the first time and are a little nervous- you are not alone! Lots of youth have told us that the hardest part about coming to YPI was getting up the nerve to walk in the door. But once they did, our space quickly begins to feel like a second home. Please call (401-421-5626) if you have any questions.

Population(s) Served

YPI offers free individual and group counseling. Currently, YPI supports three groups that meet weekly:

Gender Spectrum is a weekly group for young people ages 13-23 who identify as trans, non-binary, agender, or gender questioning. It is led by a young person and supported by a staff member who identify within the trans community. Hang out, share experiences, ask questions, and gain resources. You decide meeting topics—from coming out and health care to relationships, fashion, and pop culture—anything is fair game.

This is a peer-to-peer support group for YPI members ages 13-23 that meets every week. It is an opportunity for young people to talk in a safe place, where no judgments will be made. The Way Out is YPI’s original group and has been running since 1992. Come be part of its history!

Each week at 5pm we open up the drop-in center only for youth 8-13 so they can have a safe space to hang out and connect with other youth their age. We have icebreakers, board games, arts & crafts, video games, activities, and snacks. From 6-7, we run a support group facilitated by one of our clinicians–they can share experiences, support one another and ask questions. During 13 & Under, caregivers of youth are welcome to hang out in our library where they can meet with other adults or talk to staff about resources.

Population(s) Served

YPI maintains a basic needs pantry stocked with food, toiletries, clothing, and school supplies for young people up to 23 who access our services or attend our programs. Youth can access our pantry during our drop-in hours by speaking with a staff member. Our food pantry is stocked with generous donations from individuals and organizations. If you or your company are interested in holding a food/toiletry drive or donating goods, please contact us!

Population(s) Served

YPI staff are available for LGBTQ youth who need immediate assistance with health, mental health, and basic needs. If you’re struggling and need someone to talk to, let us know. We can help and then refer you to the right resources.

Population(s) Served

Youth Pride Inc. facilitates workshops and trainings on LGBTQQ issues for a wide variety of audiences. Through the use of interactive activities and discussions about the impact of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism, educators, youth service providers, employers, and youth are provided tools for change that lead to safe, inclusive communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) individuals.

Our trainings are available for all levels of educational needs–from LGBTQQ 101 and Trans 101 to custom curriculum designed specifically for your organization. We work diligently to provide the most up-to-date education and information about the issues that impact LGBTQQ youth. Our trainings range from one hour to three days. Please call us to schedule and keep in mind that we try to schedule workshops in advance as our calendar tends to fill up quickly, especially at the beginning and end of the semester.

Population(s) Served

Build skill and confidence in speaking about coming out experiences, gender and sexuality, intersectional identities and homophobia/transphobia/biphobia. Use your voice to educate, inspire and create community! This program educates youth on identity development, systems of oppression, social justice and trains youth to be peer-educators in their schools and communities, improving public speaking, workshop facilitation and other skills.

Population(s) Served

The Programming Council is a group of YPI young people who work with staff to assess and discuss youth needs and create the necessary programming to respond to them. YPI is a youth-driven and youth leadership organization; the Programming Council is essential in centering the youth voice in program development.

Population(s) Served

The GSA Coalition of Rhode Island provides resources and support to schools wishing to build student groups to support their LGBTQQ students and eliminate homophobia and transphobia in their schools. We work with schools at the middle, high school, and college level and host statewide meet ups for young people interested in GSA organizing. We offer trainings and resources to help groups meet the specific needs of their schools and students and a yearly GSA Conference to bring groups together from across Rhode Island to share information, build community and take action! If you are looking for school related advocacy: YPI staff can help you find updated state laws and policies, locate a safe and supportive person in your school, provide assistance with starting a Gay-Straight Alliance , and reach out to your school or program to offer training on LGBTQQ topics.

Population(s) Served

Youth Pride Inc. is here to advocate for the policy needs of LGBTQQ youth and to foster self-advocacy among the youth that we serve. This includes everything from testifying at the statehouse and attending rallies to addressing the needs of youth in schools or in out of home care. We chair the statewide LGBTQQ Youth Task Force which authored a set of recommendations for improving equitable services and care for LGBTQQ youth in the fields of child welfare, mental health/social service, health and education systems. Youth Pride staff and youth also sit on a variety of panels and commissions throughout the state to make sure the needs of LGBTQQ youth are considered in decision making processes.

Population(s) Served

YPI hosts a family-style dinner every week at the drop-in center. This is provided by our great volunteers and is an opportunity to connect with other youth, check in with staff about upcoming programs, and enjoy a great meal. Dinner is served at 5:00pm!

YPI hosts hour-long discussions and interactive exercises regarding relationships, communication and safer sexual expression.

Zumba & Yoga Classes

Monthly HIV Testing Clinic: Free and confidential HIV testing available one per month during our clinic. Youth are able to get testing and speak to a licensed QPTC Testing Counselor about HIV and personal risk-reduction.

Population(s) Served

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Youth Pride, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Michelle Saunders

IGT


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