Youth Pride, Inc.
Youth Pride, Inc. (YPI) provides support, advocacy, and education for youth and young adults throughout Rhode Island who are impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. YPI’s goals are to meet the social, emotional, and educational needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and their allies through empowering programs of support, education, organizing, and advocacy, while working to change the homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic environments in which they live.
Service area: Rhode Island
Work with: LGBTQQ youth ages 13-23 and their allies
Services for survivors during incarceration include: Information and support via phone and by mail and in-person counseling and support for LGBTQQ youth at the Rhode Island Training School, by arrangement. YPI can also arrange to meet with LGBTQQ youth in other detention facilities and court-appointed schools and group homes, by request. If you are interested in meeting with YPI, contact a staff member or write to YPI directly for help.
Services for survivors after release include: A range of services for LGBTQQ youth, including a drop-in center, which includes a library, full kitchen, and tons of hang-out space in a safe environment; social activities; support services, including individual counseling, advocacy, crisis intervention, case management, and support groups for transgender youth, young men of color, youth recovering from substance abuse, and The Way Out, a weekly support group that provides an opportunity for LGBTQQ youth to share their experiences with each other; OUTspoken, YPI’s community education program that provides professional development and youth-to-youth workshops; YPI’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Coalition, a youth organizing project connecting students from Rhode Island area high school GSAs to each other and to community resources; OUTspoken Playaz, a performance group that entertains and educates on subjects that LGBTQQ youth face in their day-to-day lives; leadership training opportunities; and art and wellness programs.
Services for loved ones include: Family counseling; education; and referrals.