In order to keep staff, youth, and YPI visitors as safe and protected as possible from COVID-19 and it’s variants, we are updating our mask policy in the space. Starting December 2021, everyone entering YPI’s drop-in space will be required to wear a N-95 mask. We will have them available if you do not have one. We request those with cloth or paper masks to switch to one of our N-95’s upon arrival. Thank you for your corporation!

Resource Drop-In
Wednesdays 2:30-5pm in person

Resource Drop-In welcomes youth (23 and under) to utilize our drop-in space for a variety of needs and services. Stop by on Wednesday to shop our Basic Needs Pantry (food, toiletries, school supplies, clothes), do some food prep, chat with a social worker, get help with housing, learn some resource connections (including health screenings and gender-affirming medical care), and/or hang out in a warm, dry place with WIFI and charging stations. No need to call ahead or register, just drop-in between 2:30-5pm and we’ll get you what you need!

 

Basic Needs Pantry
Request to pick-up a premade bag of food and toiletries by submitting our form here.
If you want to shop the pantry yourself, email us at info@youthprideri.org to schedule a time. You can always shop the pantry yourself without an appointment if you come during Resource Drop-In on Wednesdays.

Youth Pride, Inc. hosts a small community pantry that serves over 700 youth each year. The pantry is open during the week for youth in need off food, clothes, toiletries, and/or school supplies. Youth can take these items for free on a weekly basis. To utilize the pantry, ask one of our staff members for assistance while you’re in the space! For more detailed information on our Pantry, check out the FAQ section under the “Visit” page.

Keeping our pantry stocked is a big job, so we are always looking for Pantry Sponsors! If your group or organization is interested in sponsoring our Basic Needs Pantry by hosting a food drive(s), please email Info@youthprideri.org to begin coordinating your event. A YPI staff member can pick up the donation after the food drive, and continuous sponsors will be mentioned wherever our pantry is mentioned.

Here is our pantry wish list, which outlines items we find to be the most useful:
Pantry & Drop-in Wish List

 

HIV Testing
One Wednesday a month from 3-5pm; check our calendar for this month’s testing date!
Not currently available but you can still get tested at AIDS Project Rhode Island!

Knowing your status is so important! AIDS Project Rhode Island performs free and confidential HIV testing on a monthly basis at YPI. Check our calendar for dates and times! All youth are welcome but testing can only be performed on individuals who had not eaten or drank at least a half hour prior to the test.

 

One-on-One Counseling
To set up a time for counseling, email Andy@youthprideri.org
YPI’s two counselors are available for one-on-one counseling throughout the week. This provides a chance to talk about anything and everything you may want someone to listen to, or may need help coping with. All information in these counseling sessions are confidential unless a youth discloses intent to harm themselves or someone else, or they disclose they are being harmed or abused.  One-on-one counseling is free to our youth. 


Lending Library

YPI is home to over 1,000 books that make up our library. Youth are welcome to browse or borrow from our collection while they are in the space. Our collection is composed of mostly Young Adult literature both LGBTQ and Non-LGBTQ specific. Readers will also enjoy looking through our other genres; Anthropologies, Art, Autobiographies, Biographies, Classic Literature, Culture, Gender Studies, Graphic Novels, Family Resources, Fiction, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ History, Nonfiction, and Sexual Education.

Our library is situated in the back of our building, perfect for quiet, leisurely activities. Youth are often found working on homework, studying, reading a book, or listening to their headphones while in the library.

If you have books you would like to donate, please email Library@youthprideri.org

 

Training Opportunities
YPI offers a variety of LGBTQ trainings. We specialize in professional development trainings geared towards ad
ult learners but we also go into schools and classrooms to speak with students. The two training courses we offer are LGBTQ 101 and Trans 101; each an hour and presented by one or two knowledgeable facilitators. During consultations, requestors can work with us to solidify the details of the training, get a better sense of what the training needs/goals are and can supplement additional information or topics you see fit/request. We want you to get the most from this training, so please let us know of any particular topics or issues you want addressed when connected with your trainer.

Training Guidelines:
Trainings must be requested at least 4 weeks before the desired training date.
At this time we are ONLY offering virtual trainings, so prepare accordingly.
Each one hour training and included half hour consultation is $200.
A $50 charge is added for groups larger than 50 participants.
We do not allow recording of our trainings at this time.
Trainings are available for scheduling Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.
Payment is expected upon booking.

If you would like to learn more about our trainings and/or request a training, please check out our Google form below and we’ll be in touch.  

Request a Training

GSA Coalition
Youth Pride, Inc. is dedicated to helping local schools build, strengthen, and sustain their Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSAs). We offer assistance and support in a variety of ways, from coming into schools and meeting with GSAs, to connecting GSAs to local community resources. We also invite GSAs from around the state to our free Annual GSA Conference held every spring. The conference provides the opportunity for GSAs to network with each other while learning from YPI and our community partners through workshops, speakers, and activities. For more information on our GSA Coalition, email Info@youthprideri.org.

Have you heard about YPI’s Collaboration Cup? It’s a fun annual participation competition dedicated to recognizing K-12 schools who are actively engaged in building Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs). The Collaboration Cup is awarded at the end of each school year during Pride month to the GSA that has shown the most effort at giving back to/improving the community or has done something noteworthy. Winners will receive a trophy and be highlighted in YPI’s newsletter. If you would like to nominate a GSA, fill out the form below.

Collaboration Cup Nomination Form


To join any of our programs below, please email programs@youthprideri.org

Gender Spectrum
Tuesdays 4-5 pm via Discord

Gender Spectrum is a peer-led, peer-focused support group for trans, questioning, and gender-non-conforming youth in the form of a casual social hour. Topics range from the serious to the silly, and always with an emphasis on creating a safe space for youth to be themselves and discuss what’s happening in their lives. 

The Way Out
Wednesdays 4-5pm via Discord

The Way Out is a general open group with shifting and evolving topic material, commonly central to relationships (family, friends, and romantic), school/work, sexuality and gender, fighting discrimination, mental health, and current events. 

13 and Under Social Space
Thursdays 4-5:30pm via Zoom
To learn more and sing up your youth, fill out our form here.

We offer social space for our 13 and under youth each week from 4-5:30pm via Zoom. This is a great opportunity for our younger youth to see each other and familiar YPI faces while also receiving support and participating in fun conversations. The topics are selected each week by the attendants, but typically revolve around school, family, friends, and coming out. 

Little Unicorns
Mondays from 6-7 via Zoom
Sign Up Here.

We receive many requests from parents of very young children for more programming. To ensure we reach ALL youth who may have questions about gender or sexuality, we’ve created Little Unicorns.

Little Unicorns is a place for LGBTQ+ youth ages 5-9 to gather and socialize while families connect with each other and receive relevant information. Parents do not need to be on the call with their youth. We will have opportunities for parents every few weeks. This group is not for young children of LGBTQ+ parents (unless they are themselves identifying that way) or for young cisgender/straight/nonquestioning children to learn about LGBTQ+ youth. While both of these are important, Little Unicorn’s purpose is to create safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to find and interact with each other while providing support and connection for the parents of our little unicorns.

OUTspoken
9 weeks sessions, one day a week: offered 3-4 times a year via Zoom.

OUTspoken is Youth Pride, Inc.’s Leadership Program designed to be a first step on a pathway to becoming a community leader by learning about advocacy, community involvement, and cultural awareness. The program is FREE for youth ages 13-24 and offers a monetary stipend to those who participate the entire 8 weeks!

OUTspoken runs in nine week sessions. If you sign up in the middle of a session you will be enrolled in the next upcoming session. 

Dungeons & Dragons
Tuesdays 5-7pm via Discord

Join the Imagination Guild for some Dungeon and Dragons! Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. The Imagination Guild cycles through introductionany “how to play” sessions and actual gameplay sessions throughout the month.

The Imagination Guild is a charity group and program that uses the game Dungeons and Dragons as an empowerment tool to benefit children in need.

Mostrando Orgullo/Showing Pride:
LGBTQ+ Spanish Speaking Group for Youth From Spanish Speaking Cultures
Wednesdays 5-6pm via Discord

Mostrando Orgullo, which translates to Showing Pride, is YPI’s newest group for Spanish speaking LGBTQ+ youth from Spanish speaking cultures. This group will be facilitated by Spanish speaking staff from the local Latinx community weekly on Zoom and is open to youth ages 14-23.

Mindful Makers
Fridays 4-5pm via Zoom

Youth ages 9 to 23 are invited to join an hour of restorative creation, with intention and community. Mindfulness is the art of focusing one’s attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them. Bring whatever you would like to create–that short story you want to start, that painting you want to work on again, that bracelet you want to finish weaving, or anything else–and work on it with other YPI youth on a quiet Zoom call where we will work on mindfulness and experience the healing nature of making art together!

Aro/Ace Space
First Friday of the month 3-4pm via Discord

A weekly social pod for folks along the aromantic and/or asexual spectrums, and their questioning cohorts! Facilitated by peers who share these identities, Aro/Ace Space is for conversations of all types, ranging form the silly to the serious. Introspection, puns, memes, and pets can all be expected here, along with facilitated discussions about the Aromantic and Asexual communities.