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!

Thanksgiving Meal Boxes Available for Delivery Thanks to UNFI and Ellie’s!

YPI’s traditional community Thanksgiving dinner will look a little different this year. Rather than having YPI youth, staff, board members, friends and supporters in our space for a community Thanksgiving meal, we will be bringing the meal to our youth!
We are very grateful to receive Thanksgiving meal boxes from Ellie’s sponsored by UNFI. We hope to deliver these meal boxes to youth and their families Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Interested youth can send us an email at info@youthrideri.org to reserve a meal box. We just need to know how many you need for you immediate family and where to drop them off!
We also have one generously donated frozen turkey to give out. If interested, send us an email and we will coordinate drop off or pick up.
We wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

We’re reopening our space for select in-person services beginning 9/29/20!

Greetings YPI Youth, Families, and Supporters,

YPI is opening our space for select in-person services.  While it doesn’t look a lot like it did before Covid 19, we are still excited to see you. If you want to use the space, or are in need of some things or resources, here’s what we are open for.

Computers, WiFi and Charging Stations
Every Tuesday and Wednesday we will be open from 1-5pm, by appointment only, for Rest and Recuperation (R&R) time. What this means, is you will be given a designated spot in the space with a computer, access to WiFi, and phone charging station. What you do with that hour is up to you. Staff will be around for assistance. This is by appointment only.

Basic Needs Pantry
The Basic Needs Pantry is also opening up! You have two options to go through the pantry.

  1. Pick Up a Premade Bag: We will have premade bags available if you prefer to get your items that way, or you or a household member is symptomatic.
  2. Shop the Pantry Yourself: We have moved the pantry into the main space where you can go through and get the items of your choosing just like old times in 15-minute appointment slots. You will have access to food, toiletries, school supplies and clothes. For clothing specifically, the drill is to take what you want, bring it home, try it on, keep what you like and do what you want with the rest (you are welcome to bring them back but you do not have to). If you would like to go through the pantry AND use the computers/wifi/charging station you will be able to access the pantry during your first 15 minutes, and can use the remaining 45 minutes utilizing our computers/wifi/charging stations.

To use our computers, go through our pantry, or both, you will need to make an appointment.
To make an appointment to pick up a premade bag of pantry supplies: www.bit.ly/ypipantrypickup
To make an appointment for in-person pantry and R&R use:  www.calendly.com/youthprideincri.

Counseling and Resource Assistance
Want to access our counseling services? Need some help getting or connecting to resources? Facing challenges or obstacles and need an advocate? Trying to do everyday things like pay your taxes, make a resume, apply for SNAP or change your gender marker? Drop in appointments are available with Andy, our Director of Youth Services. You will be given a private space with a computer and to have a one-one with Andy via video chat.

To make an appointment with Andy, send them an email or make an appointment through their Calendly!

Andy@youthprideri.org
calendly.com/andyypi/intake-and-resource-chat

Drop-In and Kitchen
For now we cannot safely open up the drop-in space like we used to.
Unfortunately, we also cannot open the kitchen.

Other Rules While in the SpaceWhile in the space you must be wearing a mask at all times. Staff will be doing the same. YPI is also requiring all staff and visitors respond to the Reopening RI COVID19 Screening Tool (ENG / SPN.) prior to entry

into the center.

While we normally encourage all of you to make joyful noise, no shouting, voice raising or singing can happen. We will however have headphones available, or bring your own, and encourage you to bliss out to whatever music or podcast you enjoy!

If you want to learn more about out virtual programs, 3 support/discussion groups, one leadership program, one mindful arts program, and online Dungeons & Dragons, click here!

Despite looking and operating a little differently, we are still excited to open our space for youth again, and cannot wait to see you!

-YPI Staff

Youth Pride, Inc. Stands With Black and Brown Youth

 

Youth Pride, Inc. is committed to working to end racism and injustice. We stand with youth of color and commit to deepen racial equity within our organization and our work.  We will listen to and amplify the voices of Black and Brown LGBTQ* youth. We will provide resources to our youth and supporters, to encourage them to educate, mobilize, and engage in racial justice matters. We know these actions are a small piece of what is needed to bring lasting change – there is much work to be done, and we will continue to hold ourselves accountable to these promises and make sure our most vulnerable youth aren’t growing up invisible.

 

 

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.