The Inside Scoop
September 2021
Thank you for reading Youth Pride, Inc.'s September edition of The Inside Scoop! Within you will read about our two job postings, Yoga in the Park, the Wanderground Lesbian Archival Project, and more!
Join YPI's Team!
If you want to work with a team dedicated to youth activism, LGBTQ+ rights, and social justice, YPI is looking to hire a new full time executive director and part time clinicians!

YPI is seeking diverse part time, fee for service, clinicians to provide mental health counseling services 2-5 hours a week to youth ages 9-23. Applicants must be a Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), or masters-level or above clinician and demonstrate experience/education providing therapy to LGBTQ+ youth. Schedule is flexible. Read the full job posting and how to apply below!

We are also seeking to hire a full time Executive Director with an anticipated start date in October 2021. The full job description can be read at the link below.
Yoga in the Park
Youth Pride has partnered with Soulfriend Yoga over the summer to offer free outdoor yoga classes for our youth!

Yoga is typically every other weekend at noon on Saturdays in Providence's Dexter Park. Those who register will receive a free yoga mat to use and keep! We also provide snacks and water.

The next schedule is tentatively scheduled for 9/11.

Any questions can be directed to
Back to School Supplies
In addition to clothes, food, and toiletries, our Basic Needs Pantry provides school supplies to youth who need them! To make an appointment to shop our pantry OR to make a school supplies donation, email
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
Jesus Holguin and Molly Heller
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Center Coordinator, Jesus Holguin, and Clinician, Molly Heller, this month.

Jesus has been involved with YPI for over ten years. In 2010, Jesus joined YPI as a youth participant and Youth Organizer; co-facilitating programs such as our leadership program, OUTspoken, and other advocacy endeavors. Years later, they joined the YPI Board of Directors as a Youth Board Member and then in May of 2016, was officially hired as a YPI staff member. Jesus served as Center Coordinator for YPI for five years; overseeing the drop-in space, facilitating day to day programs for youth, and maintaining our Basic Needs Pantry. Jesus is such an ingrained part of YPI, and we will miss them greatly, but we also wish them all the best on their future endeavors at their new position at the RI Racial Environmental Justice Committee! In the future, Jesus hopes to volunteer in our pantry, so it truly is not goodbye, but see you later!
Molly Heller has helped hundreds of youth over the course of her career. YPI is lucky to have had Molly be one of our on site clinicians since 2016. Tens of YPI youth have seen Molly for counseling services, and have been positively impacted by her dedication to LGBTQ+ youth. We will miss her presence in the space, but are also excited that is is starting her own private practice!

It's not goodbye, it's see you later!
Wanderground: Archiving Lesbian Legacies, Words, Creativity in Rhode Island
The Women in Print Movement of the the 1970-90's represents a point in time where Lesbian-focused writers, publishers, and bookstores began releasing more lesbian affirming literature. Wanderground: Archiving Lesbian Legacies, Words, Creativity in Rhode Island is a new initiative attempting to collect literature from this time.

Mev Miller received a one-year research grant from the RI Humanities Council to study the viability of starting an archive/library of lesbian books, journals, and other cultural items located here in Rhode Island. Mev has collected hundreds of national publications (and other Lesbian cultural artifacts) from the 1970-90’s and wants to connect with other Rhode Island lesbians who may have collected similar materials from The Women in Print Movement.

To learn more about the project and how you can help, check out the links below!
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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