Applications for Spring Session of OUTspoken are open!

Outspoken is Youth Pride, Inc’s leadership programs designed to create space for young people who are looking to dive into their own identity and experiences while learning how that information can impact their community. Youth can join us as a group of peers as we explore Gender, the Environment, Sexuality and the intersections of our many other identities.

The program is FREE of charge for youth ages 14-24, and it includes a Monetary Stipend! OUTspoken will meet every Monday at 4pm via zoom for 8 weeks beginning Monday, May 4th and ending Monday, June 22nd.

Application deadline is Wednesday, April 29th.

OUTspoken Info & Application Here

Connect With YPI From Home! Virtual Support and Leadership Groups

Connect With YPI From Home!

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic YPI has been working diligently to roll out as many of it’s services as it can virtually! Nothing can replace the connection and camaraderie of in-person space but we are going to bring you the next best thing.

All groups are open to new youth ages 14-23!

Gender Spectrum – Meeting Tuesdays at 4 on Discord! 
To gain access to our server, email Lukas@youthprideri.org

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 is open to youth ages 14 to 23.

 

The Way Out – Meeting Wednesdays at 4 on Discord!
To gain access to our server, email Dev@youthprideri.org

The Way Out is a social/discussion group with shifting and evolving topic material, about sexuality and gender,  relationships (family, friends, and romantic), school/work, fighting discrimination, mental health, and current events.  Way Out meets weekly and is open to youth ages 14 to 23.  Facilitated by staff and LICSW clinician.

 

OUTspoken – Meeting Mondays at 4pm on Zoom! (Next session begins 5/4/20)
To sign up, email Jesus@youthprideri.org

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 and their peers to explore gender, sexuality, the environment and the intersection of our all identities through lectures, interactive activities and open group discussions.

*To our 9-13’s never fear, we are currently building content including some engaging and fun activities for you to do at home and share with your friends at YPI.

 

Additionally we have online case management services available. Though our ability to connect people to programming and services faces the same limitations as everywhere else because of the outbreak, it is important that we help our LGBTQIAQ+ youth as best we can during this time with resources and services that remain vital. This includes food, housing, health, mental health, gender identity, expressions and sexual orientation, substance use. Case management will be conducted virtually or via phone calls in a secure and confidential manner with our Director of youth services and social worker, Andy Taubman.

We also suggest checking out our resource page here. In addition to LGBTQ resources for students, family, and educators, we have a running list of remote social, psychical, and educational activities for youth to check out while at home!

While we are sad to not have the space open, everyone’s healthy and safety remains the number one priority to us. We are also excited by the opportunity this affords us to reach out and connect to LGBTQ+ youth who would benefit from our services but cannot, for whatever reason, come into the physical space. 

 

Schedule a Time to Utilize our Basic Needs Pantry!

Earlier this week Youth Pride, Inc. (YPI) closed our drop-in programs in response to COVID-19. While drop-in hours are suspended, use of our Basic Needs Pantry is now available by appointment only, and the space remains otherwise off-limits to anyone besides staff.


If you need to utilize our Basic Needs Pantry, we will have premade bags for youth to take. One bag will be given to each youth signed up and include at least one type of grain (pasta, rice, etc.), two canned vegetables, one canned beans, two canned soups, and a few miscellaneous nonperishable food items. When setting up your appointment in our Google Form, we list what extra items we have available in addition to several other questions that will help us put together a bag that most closely meets your requests. We will ask about any dietary restrictions or needs and try our best to accommodate them.


When you complete the form, a YPI staff member will contact you via email as soon as possible with an appointment time for pickup.
Here is the link to the make an appointment for the Basic Needs Pantry. Another link is at the bottom of this email.


YPI services youth up to the age of 23. If you fall out of our age range, or if you need additional help and resources, RI Pride also has food available for pick up or drop off. Please fill out the below link, and they will contact you.


Thank you for being patient with us during this time.
Take care of yourselves and others!
-YPI

Drop-In Programs Closed Until Further Notice

As we try to do our part in flattening the curve of COVID-19, we are closing our drop-in programs until at least April 1, 2020. We are hoping to continue to offer access to essential services, such as YPI’s basic needs pantry and counseling, as long as possible. More information about accessing these services will be posted on our website and social media pages. We will continue to update folks as the situation evolves.

 

Please take care of yourselves and each other!

Registration for Youth Pride, Inc.’s 15th Annual Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Conference is open!

Registration for Youth Pride, Inc.’s 15th Annual Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Conference is open! Please have each individual attending the conference submit a separate registration form.

Each year YPI invites students and advisors of high school Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) from around the state to attend our free Annual GSA Conference. The conference is a great opportunity for the GSAs to network with one another while learning from us and our community partners through workshops, speakers, and activities. This year the conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th at Classical High School in Providence.

Register Here


Save the Date for YPI’s 15th Annual GSA Conference! Saturday, March 28th

 

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.

 

15th Annual Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Conference

Saturday, March 28th, 9am-4:30pm

Classical High School, Providence

Youth Pride, Inc. – Update Report 2019

Youth Pride, Inc. is proud to showcase all the ways in which we serve the LGBTQ youth community in Rhode Island. Between the hiring of new staff, collaborations with community partners and the generosity of our donors, 2019 has been such a successful year and is laying the groundwork for an even better 2020! Read our updated 2019 report for insight into our programs and services as well as an overview of our organization.

 

2019 Update Report

Youth Pride, Inc. Welcomes New Board Member – Greg Tumolo

Read the Press Release Here

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michelle Saunders, Board Chair
Email: info@youthprideri.org
Phone: (401) 421-5626

Youth Pride, Inc. Welcomes New Board Member
Providence, R.I. – August 19, 2019 — Youth Pride, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of a new Board Member as of August 2019. Greg Tumolo brings to the board, his passion and skills in legislative advocacy and public policy initiatives affecting LGBTQ youth and shares in YPI’s core values of leadership, affirmation, and community for all LGBTQ youth in Rhode Island. “Greg embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have him by our side as we continue to strengthen community in Rhode Island,” Michelle Saunders, Board Chair.


Gregory Tumolo is senior counsel at Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd. and head of the employment law team, where he provides employers with the creative and cost-effective compliance solutions to grow their businesses and effectively manage risk. Specifically, he handles the documents companies need to recruit and retain a diverse and talented workforce; build a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and harassment; and comply with their obligations under local, state, and federal law.

He regularly assist clients with issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws.

Greg has litigated discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and whistle-blower claims, successfully defending employers in cases before the before state courts and administrative agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In addition to his law practice, Greg has testified as a subject matter expert before the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor on the proposed overtime rules (September 2018), and also before the House Special Legislative Commission to Study Unlawful Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (April 2018). Greg was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2018 for the area of labor and employment law. Greg served on the first gay-straight alliance (GSA) at his public high school. While studying at Bryant University, he served as the President of Bryant Pride and also served as a student representative on a commission to study bias-related incidents on campus.

Registration for YPI’s 25th Anniversary Gala is Open!

Registration for YPI’s 25th Anniversary Gala is open!

Starting as a small support group in Brown University’s Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, YPI has evolved and flourished into the organization we see today. Founding members applied for incorporation in 1994, receiving an effective start date of July 15th, and never looked back. In honor of YPI’s 25th anniversary, we would like to invite all of our friends and allies to  celebrate with us at our Gala.  This is one of our organization’s largest fundraisers, with all proceeds raised going directly towards the programs and services we offer.

Happening October 10th at Skyline at Waterplace, guests will enjoy live music, cash bar, three course plated meal, awards, valet parking, and beautiful views of Providence and the Woonasquatucket River Basin. Guests will also connect with other supporters of YPI, meet staff and board members, and get insight into upcoming events. Sponsorships and other packages are available for purchase through the below link.


YPI’s OUTspoken Leadership Program Launches Summer Session!

We invite youth to join us for our summer session of OUTspoken!

OUTspoken is YPI’s Leadership Program designed to give youth the opportunity to develop their personal storytelling ability by learning about their different identities and how they can impact their community with that knowledge. This group of peers will explore gender, the environment, sexuality and the intersections of our many other identities.

The summer session will run from 07/27/19-08/20/19, 1-3:30pm in our space at 743 Westminster St. Providence, RI 02903. The program is FREE for folks ages 13-24, and includes snacks, lunches, and transportation RIPTIX to get here and home.

If interested please RSVP to Jesus at Jesus@youthprideri.org