Youth Pride, Inc’s 7th Executive Director, Rush Frazier!

Youth Pride, Inc. is proud to introduce our new Executive Director, Rush Frazier (they/them)!

“Hello YPI Community,

I am beyond honored to join Youth Pride, Inc. as the Executive Director, and I thank everyone for the warm welcome! What has me most excited for taking the helm at YPI is the possibility to spend my entire work week engaged with the question, “How do we do more than inspire resilience in LGBTQ+ youth to do more than simply withstand the slings and arrows of home life and cisheteronormativity, to a place where they find joy, and learn early on their personal power?” I have a chance to remove some of the self-doubt and isolation queer youth are facing. I consider it a privilege and a duty to be in a position where I am equipped to handle this charge, and am eager to give it my whole heart.

I have 20 years of experience working for racial, economic, gender and environmental justice. As Regional Field Organizer for the Yes on 3 ballot campaign for transgender rights in 2018, I recruited, trained, and mobilized over 500 volunteers and staff throughout Central and Western MA. My team’s efforts directly helped us win the nation’s first state ballot campaign to defend transgender nondiscrimination protections. During my time with Amnesty International New England, I worked in coalition to address the structural implications and disproportionate impacts of immigration and detention, police violence, gun access, and environmental policies on Black/POC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities, as well as end the death penalty in New Hampshire. In my most recent role at Neighbor to Neighbor Education Fund, I worked in coalition with youth, parents, doctors, and other concerned citizens to bring K-12 comprehensive sex education to the second largest public school system in New England, well ahead of passage of the Healthy Youth Act. I also led coalition work to keep bus fares free for all residents of Worcester. I pledge to bring that same passion for justice and equity to this role.

As a queer, working-class, AFAB Black person, I face challenges every day holding power accountable. I understand how difficult it is to navigate these systems while also advocating for oneself in an inherently biased structure. To be young, transgender and queer, without a vocabulary to directly address the special brand of liberal gaslighting that happens in our region, presents a whole unique set of unenviable challenges. I am forever grateful to the organizers and concerned citizens who introduced me to the power of organizing, mutual aid, and the vision of collective liberation.

I doubt I would have started to find my voice and comfort with my gender identity as early in life as I had without a LGBTQ+ drop-in resource in my hometown that is much like YPI. I can speak first-hand of the importance of having had a circle of trusted adults to speak with, as well as peer leaders that had my back. Circumstances have not gotten easier for LGBTQ+ youth today, and I am ready to do everything I can to help disrupt and eliminate the gauntlet of adversities our youth face across the Ocean State and throughout New England. I look forward to seeing you in the State House, on the streets, and (of course) at our upcoming fundraising events. My door is always open.

In Solidarity,
Rush Frazier”

New COVID Guidelines for YPI’s Drop-In Space

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!

A Farewell From Our Executive Director

Elana Rosenberg has dedicated nine years of service to Youth Pride, Inc. Working as the Gender-Sexuality Alliance Coordinator for five years and then returning for another four as Executive Director, Elana has truly made Rhode Island a better place for LGBTQ+ youth.

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Elana as she continues her adventure working with LGBTQ+ youth in Kentucky, closer to her family. While we will deeply miss her, we are also excited to see her grow and will always consider her YPI family! You can read Elana’s statement below.

Read Elana’s Statement Here

YPI Job Posting: Part Time, Fee for Service Clinician

Posting: Part Time, Fee for Service Clinician

Youth Pride, Inc. (YPI) is seeking Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW), LMHCs, or masters-level or above clinicians to provide mental health counseling services 2-5 hours a week at $40-60 per hour. Schedule is flexible. YPI is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience and education providing therapy to LGBTQ+ youth 9-23 years-old. 

YPI’s mission is to meet the unique and ongoing needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression through advocacy, support, and empowerment to bring about social change. YPI provides a queer-affirming and celebratory space with a diverse population including but not limited to BIPOC, youth experiencing be unhoused and unstable housing, low-to-no SES, neurodiverse/neuroatypical youth, disabled, individuals navigating mental and cognitive issues, and trauma survivors. In addition to navigating their gender and sexuality, our youth often present with a wide range of mental health concerns, which can include depression and anxiety, self-harming behaviors, substance use, and difficulties with activities of daily living. YPI strives to be anti-racist, feminist, and is queer-affirming. We work within intersectional frameworks with a bend towards social justice and equity, and we are seeking clinicians who will conduct therapy service through this same lens. 

Applicants whose lived experience, particularly as a member of historically underrepresented communities, particularly BIPOC in addition to LGBTQ+ identities are highly encouraged to apply.

Fee for Service Clinicians are responsible for: 

  • Providing one-on-one counseling services, risk assessment, and possible group facilitation
  • Maintaining appropriate case notes and records
  • Supervision of social work or counseling interns, as needed 
  • Working with the Director of Youth Services for case management and referrals to resources outside the scope of counseling.
  • Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree (or above) in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field  
  • Licensed in Rhode Island as an LICSW, LMHC, or LMFT
  • Experience providing outpatient behavioral health treatment services preferred
  • Successful candidate must pass a background check
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred

 

Youth Pride Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability, age, marital status, personal appearance, family structure and/or responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, gender identity/expression, or HIV status. 

 

How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter and résumé, to Andy Taubman (honorific Mx) Director of Youth Services, at careers@youthprideri.org with the subject line: “[Your Name] YPI Clinician Applicant.” Please include shared and lived experience as a Black, Brown and/or LGBTQ+ individual if applicable. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.  No phone calls, please.

Applications Open for the 2021 Lipsky/Whittaker Scholarship Fund!

Youth Pride Inc. (YPI) is proud to announce that applications for the 2021 Lipsky/Whittaker Scholarship Fund will be accepted now through May 28, 2021! 
 
The scholarship was established through the estate of John Lipsky and George Whittaker who were life partners for more than 50 years.  The two gentlemen passed away in 2005, just eight weeks apart.  Their dream was to see “young LGBT men and women grow up without the fear of rejection, violence, discrimination or exposure to HIV/AIDS.” The Lipsky/Whittaker Scholarships will be awarded to Rhode Island youth who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. YPI has established a scholarship committee of community members who will determine the scholarship recipients.
 
Scholarship recipients must be:
  •  A Rhode Island high school graduate (or a high school student graduating in the spring/summer of 2021), under the age of twenty-four, and
  • Enrolled (or planning to enroll) full-time in a post-secondary technical training program, two or four year college; and either
  • Identify as LGBTQ+, or
    • Be raised in an LGBTQ+ household, and
    • Have a substantial history of activism in support of the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and families.
 
Scholarship applications is linked below.
Please e-mail us at  info@youthprideri.org for questions or concerns.

 

LWS Information and Flier 2021

LWS Application 2021

Mostrando Orgullo/Showing Pride: YPI LGBTQ+ Spanish speaking group for youth from Spanish speaking cultures

Our newest group is beginning Wednesday, January 13th!

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.

If you would like to participate, please fill out our form here and we’ll be in touch.


!Nuestro nuevo grupo comienza el Miércoles 13 de enero!

Mostrando Orgullo que se traduce a “Showing Pride” es el nuevo grupo de YPI para jóvenes LGBTQ+ que hablan español.  Este grupo será facilitado por personal Latinx que hablan español.  Se llevará a cabo semanalmente, utilizando la plataforma ZOOM video y está abierto a jóvenes de 14 a 23 años.  Si estás interesado en participar, por favor, complete este formulario here y estaremos en contacto con usted.

     

YPI is looking for volunteer committee members! Join our finance, programs, or external relations/fund development committees.

Committee Volunteers Needed 12.20

YPI is looking for volunteer committee members! If you have one to two hours a month to commit your time and energy to helping YPI achieve our mission, see below for committee descriptions and reach out to info@youthprideri.org to let us know how you can help!

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee is responsible for providing oversight of the budget and other fiscal matters affecting YPI. The Finance Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding fiscal matters. The Finance Committee also recommends strategies that YPI can employ to achieve its programming and financial goals.
Past goals of the Finance Committee have included the following:
• Creating and finalizing a balanced budget
• Monitoring overall fiscal operations
• Working to ensure the long-term financial stability of the organization
• Reviewing the organization’s investments and investment policies
• Maintaining compliance with all financial reporting (e.g. 990, compilation report, annual report, etc.)
• Ensuring that the organization is adequately insured

Programs Committee
The Programs Committee is responsible for ensuring that YPI provides LGBTQ+ youth with in-person and virtual programming that meets their unique physical, mental, and emotional needs.
Past goals of the Programs Committee have included the following
• Developing a 1-pager describing YPI program offerings
• Creating a survey of youth regarding their needs
• Engaging youth in the strategic planning process to ensure that youth wants/ need align with YPI’s mission
• Identifying gaps in programs offered by YPI

External Relations / Fund Development Committee
The External Relations / Fund Development Committee is responsible for fundraising and new donor cultivation. The Committee works to ensure that YPI has the funding that it needs to fulfill its mission, maximize its program and service offerings, and better serve the needs of LGBTQ+ youth in Providence County and the surrounding areas.
Past goals of the External Relations / Fund Development Committee have included the following:
• Developing an overall fundraising strategy for the organization that leverages the connections of YPI board members and stakeholders
• Planning and executing in-person and virtual fundraisers, including YPI’s annual gala
• Cultivating corporate donors to finance YPI’s program and service offerings
• Actively promoting YPI’s unique “brand” in the community

YPI Will Be Closed For The Holidays

Youth Pride, Inc. will be closed from 12/24/20 – 1/3/21.

During this time we will not be checking emails, voicemails, or our Basic Needs Pantry form regularly.

YPI will not be offering case management or referral services during the break. If you are in acute crisis or immediate danger please call 911. Please note that 911 calls often bring police presence with them no matter what the nature of the call is.

If you are experiencing suicidal ideation, a serious urge to harm yourself or another type of mental health crisis to go you can also call BH Link at (401) 414-5465.  They are located in East Providence and will help anyone in the state.
If you are unhoused and do not have a place to stay overnight please contact the Coordinated Entry Help Center Team at 401-277-4316 (open M-F 9AM to 9 PM, weekends/holidays 2PM-9PM) and email andy@youthprideri.org

We wish you all safe, happy, and healthy holidays! 

Register for YPI’s Virtual Annual Event Celebration!

With social distancing guidelines in effect and the pandemic still sweeping the world, a lot of in-person events have been canceled or postponed. To ensure we still get the opportunity to come together this year with our community partners, supporters, donors, and friends, we’re planning a virtual Annual Event Celebration to be held on Thursday, December 17th from 5-6pm!
Entertaining will include Hasbro’s Toys 2 Men Band, Billy Gilman, DJ Valentina, and drag performances by Sasha Stone and Randy Andy. We are making this event free to remove as many barriers as we can, but donations are welcome when you register!
Than you to our sponsors; Amica, Hasbro, IGT, Open Door Health, RIPHI, and UNFI!