The Inside Scoop
January 2021
Thank you for reading Youth Pride, Inc.'s January edition of The Inside Scoop! Within you will read about our newest programs, Little Unicorns and Mostrando Orgullo, our call for volunteer committee members, what our Basic Needs Pantry is in need of this winter, and the further diversification of American politics.
Little Unicorn
Launching Soon
We receive many requests from parents of very young children for programs and events they can attend. To bring education and community to these families, we've created Little Unicorns.

Little Unicorns is designed to be a program where LGBTQ+ youth ages 5-9 get to socialize while families connect with each other and receive relevant information, resources, and support.

The group will launch in the next few weeks. We anticipate a kickoff event happening before the Spring. If you're interested in learning more or signing up your youth, fill out our interest form below!
YPI is Looking for Volunteer Committee Members!
YPI is looking for volunteer committee members to join either our finance, programs, or external relations/fund development committees! If you have one to two hours a month to commit your time and energy to helping YPI achieve our mission, check out our committee descriptions below and reach out to us at to join.

The Finance Committee is responsible for providing oversight of the budget and other fiscal matters affecting YPI; makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding fiscal matters; and recommends strategies that YPI can employ to achieve its programming and financial goals.

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.

The External Relations / Fund Development Committee is responsible for fundraising and new donor cultivation. The Committee works to ensure YPI has the funding 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.
Mostrando Orgullo: New Group for Spanish Speaking LGBTQ+ Youth
Mostrando Orgullo, which translates to Showing Pride, is YPI’s newest group for Spanish speaking LGBTQ+ youth. This group will be facilitated by Spanish speaking staff and members from the local Latinx community and geared towards youth ages 14-23.

Mostrando Orgullo meets every Wednesday on Zoom from 5-6 and is free like the rest of our programs. To join, fill out our interest form below and we'll be in touch with the Zoom link!
Basic Needs Pantry
Winter Requests
Our Basic Needs Pantry is in need of winter gear and intimates! We're currently seeking winter coats, winter socks, new bras of all sizes and types, and new packs of of underwear for all genders.

If you're interested in donating, email us at and we can coordinate a time to drop off your donation.

Racial Equality Resources
YPI stands with youth of color and are committed to deepening racial equality within our organization and our work. We will provide resources in our newsletter to continually educate, mobilize, and engage our readers in racial justice matters.

The Racial Equity Tools Glossary defines many terms you’ll come across in your education and work as an ally. Language is important, and when having discussions about race it is important to be fluent in certain terms, words, or phrases to prevent confusion, controversy, and hostility. In this way, the quality of dialogue and discourse on race can be enhanced.

Code Switch is a news podcast that discusses topics through the lens of race and identity. The hosts are a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by "the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting." You can listen to Code Switch on NPR One, Spotify, Apple, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.
YPI Resources
Are you really missing drop-in hours? Need someone to talk to? Are you experiencing crisis? Have concerns, fears or mental health needs that you need to express to someone? Here are a couple of resources for you that were compiled by YPI staff.
Monthly Spotlight
PROV X and Direct Action PVD
PROV X : The Peoples Prospects and Direct Action PVD are two youth based organizations in Providence that promotes social justice.

Every Monday from 12-4pm, the organizations hosts a clothing drive and mutual aid handout at Kennedy Plaza in Providence. Individuals in need can pick up winter clothing, toiletries, nonperishables, blankets, tents, and a variety of other items individuals may need.

If you're interested in volunteering for the drive, or would like to donate items, you can contact Prov X or Direct Action PVD as they are always looking for volunteers to work the drive.
Rachel Levine Nominated Assistant Secretary of Health
Joe Biden's diverse cabinet continues to grow as Rachel Levine is nominated as assistant secretary of health. Levine is currently Pennsylvania’s top health official, the Secretary of Health, as well a practicing pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine. Levine is also openly transgender.

If confirmed as assistant secretary of health, Levine will be the highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S. government. In tandem with Xavier Becerra, head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Levine will "oversee key health offices and programs across the department, 10 regional health offices nationwide, the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps" according to The Washington Post.
Our Mission
Youth Pride, Inc. is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression while working to end the homophobic and transphobic environments in which they live, work and play.

LEADERSHIP: YPI is committed to creating the leaders of today. Youth voices drive our process, and we seek to develop the leadership skills necessary both within the organization and outside of it.
AFFIRMATION: YPI believes all youth must be affirmed for who they are and how they express themselves. We are committed to making that a reality in all of the environments in which young people live.
COMMUNITY: YPI believes building strong connections is essential to youth success and empowerment. We strive to create a caring, respectful and diverse community of young people and adults.
Your tax-deductible donation helps YPI continue to do the important work we do in accordance to our mission. Your gift would be directly investing in our state's LGBTQ youth so that they may have a chance to share their gifts and light with the world.
Our Programs and Services
Youth Pride, Inc. serves over 700 Rhode Island LGBTQ youth and their straight allies a year through a variety of programs and services.
Our Center, located on Westminster Street in Providence, primarily serve as a drop-in and programming space, and is currently open to youth ages 13 to 23 on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-8pm and Thursday from 3 to 5. Youth ages 9 to thirteen are welcome at our exclusive 13 and under drop-in time on Thursdays from 5-8 pm. All YPI Center services and activities are free to youth. YPI youth get to attend events, workshops, cultural, educational, social, and wellness activities at YPI and around the state.

Our center is home to a Basic Needs Pantry, open to youth in need of food, clothing, toiletries, and school supplies. We offer one on one counseling with in-house clinicians. Our clinicians facilitate and supervise three peer-support groups.

YPI also offers support to those who work with youth through policy and advocacy, and by providing professional development workshops and technical assistance to service providers and educators.

For more information on getting involved with YPI as a volunteer or if you or someone you know is in need of our services, contact
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