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Kentucky Youth Law Project, Inc.

Lawyers Helping LGBTQ+ Youth

aka KYLP, KYLP Inc.   |   Lexington, KY   |  https://www.kylp.org

Mission

The mission of the Kentucky Youth Law Project, Inc., is to enhance and protect the legal rights and entitlements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning , non-binary, intersex, or gender non-conforming (LGBTQ+) youth through direct, no-cost legal representation, education, and public policy development. Because 40% of all youth experiencing homelessness self-identify as LGBTQ+, our goal is to reduce homelessness and promote equal treatment for LGBTQ youth in social welfare agencies, government services, courts, and schools throughout Kentucky.

Ruling year info

2014

Legal Director

Keith Doniphan Elston Esq.

Main address

820 Tremont Ave.

Lexington, KY 405022234 USA

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EIN

46-5170220

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Family and Juvenile Court Training

Providing training programs on how to make Kentucky's Juvenile and Family Court systems safer and more responsive to the needs of LGBTQ youth. Offered to Kentucky attorneys, judges and other court personnel who work in the Kentucky Juvenile and Family Court Systems. Includes ethics credits for attorneys and judges.

Population(s) Served
Adults

An itinerant legal clinic providing no-cost legal assistance, advice, and support services for transgender and gender non-conforming youth who desire to change their name and/or gender status on official records and credentials to comport with their gender identity.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Children and youth

Training and advocacy for foster and adoptive parents of LGBTQ+ children and youth. LGBTQ+ children and youth need the support of a nurturing family to help them negotiate adolescence and grow into healthy and happy adults. But LGBTQ+ youth face additional challenges, including the losses that brought them into the child welfare system as well as traumas they may have suffered while in foster care. LGBTQ+ youth face more disruptions in their placement than their non-LGBTQ peers, and each disruption adds another layer of trauma.

In this training, participants will learn about LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster and adoptive parents play in reducing those risks. Participants will also discover specific actions that they can take to create a welcoming home for all youth in their care and to promote their youths' health and well-being in the home, in the school, and in the community.

Population(s) Served

Volunteer attorneys are appointed by Family Court judges to provide advocacy and legal representation to children and youth who have been identified as dependent, abused or neglected. As special guardians ad litem, these volunteer attorneys assist families to provide the best care for their LGBTQ+ youth, direct our clients and their families toward LGBTQ-affirming medical, mental health, education, and community resources, and advocate for our clients' best interests before the Court.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families
Parents
LGBTQ people
Caregivers
Families
Parents
LGBTQ people

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Kentucky Youth Law Project, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Martin

JoAnne Bland

Daniel Canon

Cody Case

Peter Doddema

John Martin

Eli Roark

Mary Sciaraffa

Meghan Taylor

Cathy Tobin

Sherlenia Mitchell

LaTonia Jones

Glenn Means

Willie Carver

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Gender identity

 

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Disability