Youth Development

Orlando Youth Alliance Inc.

aka Lakeland Youth Alliance

Orlando, FL

Mission

To provide a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in Central Florida.

Ruling Year

2007

Principal Officer

Mr. Michael Slaymaker

Main Address

PO Box 536944

Orlando, FL 32853 USA

Keywords

bullying, gay, LGBT, teenagers, youth, at-risk, lesbian, pulse, counseling, hispanic, mental health

EIN

59-3666953

 Number

7350837555

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Weekly Support Groups

GLBT History & Cultural Classes

Social, Educational & Recreational Activities

Counseling Referrals

Scholarships

Gay Straight Alliance Grants

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The goal for OYA members is to increase their knowledge and cultural competence; build a positive identity through improved self-esteem and sense of purpose; build a positive view of their personal future and develop positive adult and peer role models. The program is evaluated using a standard set of questions to qualitatively measure the impact the educational project has on the intended outcomes.

We accomplish our mission through three programs: 1) A weekly peer-to-peer support group is offered in Orlando on Tuesdays, Lakeland on Wednesdays and Longwood on Thursdays. With the help of criminally background checked adult facilitators the youth help to problem solve and discuss topics such as family and school that are relevant to them. Guest speakers from the community come to talk to the youth on career development, HIV & STDs, bullying and other topics. 2) LGBT History & Culture classes are provided to GLBT youth and their straight allies. The one & a half hour sessions will be held once a month during the school year. The students are given homework assignments and report back two weeks later. Since LGBT history & culture is not taught in the school it is imperative that our youth learn about their heritage to develop internal assets such as positive values, social competencies and positive self-identity. 3) Meeting other LGBT youth to forge friendships and create a support network is imperative. OYA hosts numerous activities (car washes, movie nights, dances, theme park outings, arts events) to help our youth develop.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) teenagers are three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual classmates. Since 1990 the Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) has provided mentoring and support to Central Florida LGBT youth. We are proud to report that of the more than 1,500 youth who have participated in our program -- not a single one has committed suicide. We are an all volunteer organization at this time. We are impacting the youth of our community and creating a true difference even though we are small and all volunteer. Over the past five years we have tripled in size (both in membership and in dollars raised).

The main indicator of success is no suicide attempts. But more realistic is the numbers of youth who go on to become productive members of the society and future leaders of tomorrow. An example of one of our youth is now the business manager at a local newspaper.

Progress is shown by the tremendous grow of our organization and the long term success of our youth.

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