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!

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
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

Summer Hours at YPI

Starting the first week of July through the last week of August, YPI will run on alternative summer hours. Please see below for details.


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
14+ Drop-In: 12-6pm 14+ Drop-In: 12-6pm 14+ Drop-In: 12-4pm
Gender Spectrum Group: 4-5pm The Way Out Group: 3:30-4:30pm 13+ Under Drop-In: 4-7pm
Counseling: 4-6pm Dinner: 4:30-5:30pm Counseling: 12-7pm
Counseling: 12-6pm

BBBS and YPI Hosting Transgender and Gender-Diverse Mentoring Program!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island and YPI’s have teamed up to offer a Transgender and Gender-Diverse Mentoring Program! This 15 week program starts in October 2019 and will take place right at YPI. We’re looking for both “Bigs” and “Littles” to benefit from this awesome and unique experience. To sign up or learn more, visit