YPI’s goals are to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and their allies through empowering programs of support, education, organizing and advocacy, while working to change the homophobic, biphobic and transphobic environments in which they live.
YPI's vision is to build a strong and vocal community of youth and their supporters in order to allow LGBTQQ youth and their allies in Rhode Island to be heard, accepted and nurtured. The future we strive to create is one in which prejudice against LGBTQQ youth and their allies has been eliminated, and LGBTQQ youth, young adults and their allies are empowered to live healthy, full lives.
YPI recognizes the essential nature of youth-driven programs that combine elements of advocacy, support and empowerment. We understand the importance of empowering young people to make change and the necessity of supporting them in doing so. To that end, YPI sees youth development, leadership and organizing as fundamental elements to successful youth work. YPI encourages young people to be leaders within the organization and community, and develops programming to facilitate this process.