Programs & Services
Drop-in programs are closed until further notice. We are hoping to continue to offer access to essential services, such as YPI’s basic needs pantry and counseling, as long as possible. We will continue to update folks via Facebook, website, and email as the situation evolves. Please take care of yourselves and each other.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30-8pm and Thursday 3-5pm
YPI primarily serve as a drop in space, this means our youth are encouraged to utilize our space in whatever comfortable and respectful way they see fit; we have video game consoles, laptops, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, a wide variety of board games donated by Hasbro, a full library of LGBTQ literature, and a kitchen fully stocked with easy to make snacks and food. Youth are welcome to unwind on our new comfy furniture donated by Cardi’s, or chat amongst friends in our Conference Room, Library, or main space.
13 and Under Drop-In:
Every Thursday at 5pm we open the drop-in center exclusively for youth 9-13 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 6-7pm, we run a discussion 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.
Basic Needs Pantry:
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.
Pantry & Drop-in Wish List
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.
Tuesdays 3-6pmA representative from the Home to Hope Program, run through the Rhode Island Coalition For the Homeless, is in our space to assist youth with various needs including, but not limited to, applying to subsidized housing, assisting with transportation to appointments, understanding government benefits like SNAP (food stamps), educating on how to get a GED, connecting people to mental health resources, providing information on food pantries and hot meal sites, and discussing immigration, substance abuse, domestic violence, veteran’s services, & legal advice.
Our Director of Youth Programs and Services, Melissa DeLuca, is a masters level Social Worker and available to assist youth in the following areas:
- Applying to Colleges (including financial aid/scholarships)
- Collaboration with Community Case Managers, schools and healthcare providers
- Legal Issues
- Health Insurance Enrollment
- Housing Needs
- Independent Living for LGBTQ Youth 18+
Melissa can be reached at Melissa@youthprideri.org
YPI is incredibly fortunate to have two selfless volunteer chefs, Julia and Julia, come in each Wednesday to cook a hot family style meal for everyone to eat together. This tradition is longstanding and one of the most popular programs YPI offers. Dinner is served for 5pm, and vegetarian options are available.
To make an appointment, email Info@youthprideri.org. As youth become more familiar with our clinicians, they are encouraged to ask the clinicians in person during drop-in if they have time to meet right then, or to schedule an appointment for a later date.
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
YPI offers a variety of trainings. We specialize in professional development trainings geared towards ad
ult learners but we also go into schools and classrooms to speak with students. Our trainers will work closely with the requestor to come up with a training agenda that fits their specific needs. Most trainings take about an hour and are $150 per session. Individuals are invoiced up to a week post training.
If you would like to request a training, email Info@youthprideri.org with the following information:
- Requestor’s Contact Information:
- Where The Training Is Being Held
- Tentative Dates and Times
- Why you are seeking a training/what is your goal for the training?
- How many people will be in attendance?
- What are the demographics of your audience (ages, professions, etc)?
- To whom/where should the invoice be sent?
Please request your training at least one month before the scheduled date.
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.
Tuesdays 4-5 pm
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. Gender Spectrum meets weekly and snacks are provided.
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. This weekly group is open to youth ages 13 to 23 and snacks are provided.
Not currently running, will return soon!
YPI serves youth up to the age of 23. Each year we see many of our youth approach age 24 without the skills needed to confidently enter adulthood and the workforce. Youth ages 18-24 are invited to join our clinician, Molly LICSW, from 1-2pm in our space to begin developing skills in the areas of job readiness, maintaining healthy relationships, financial responsibility, and more. Healthy snacks and RIPTIX will be provided.
13 and Under Group:
During our 13 and under drop-in, YPI facilitates a discussion group exclusively for youth 9-13. The topics are selected each week by the attendants, but typically revolve around school, family, friends, and coming out. Snacks are provided!
For More Information: Dev@youthprideri.org
Do you have an idea for a new program? Do you see aspects of YPI that could be improved? Then attend one of our programming council meetings and have your voice heard! Programming Council is an open group for YPI youth who want to work with staff to assess and discuss youth needs and then plan 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 and planning.
5-6 weeks in the summer and fall
Reach out to Jesus@youthprideri.org for details
OUTspoken is Youth Pride, Inc.’s Leadership Program designed to give youth the opportunity to develop fundamental leadership skills by learning about their different identities and how that knowledge can impact their community. Youth can join us as a group of peers who explore gender, sexuality, the environment and the intersection of our many other identities through lectures, interactive activities and open group discussions.