The Inside Scoop
April 2023
Made possible by YOU!
Thank you for reading Youth Pride, Inc.'s April edition of The Inside Scoop; the place for YPI updates in addition to local and national LGBTQ+ news! Within you will read about how YPI can provide housing help, our April partnership with White Electric, Born This Way Prom '23, and more!
Housing Help!
Thanks to funds awarded to YPI through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, we're able to assist individuals (18-24 years of age) that are housing insecure, unstably housed, homeless, or in danger of loosing housing. We can assist with security deposits, first/last month rent, and more.

If you're interested in pursuing these resources, email
Focus Group for Pride & Prom!
Are you a youth that has attended Newport Pride in the past? How about the Born This Way Prom? Newport Pride, the organization that runs both events, is partnering with YPI to host a youth focus group to learn more about what youth think of these events, and how they can be made better/more inclusive.

Interested youth ages 14-23 are invited to participate in the focus group on Tuesday, April 18th from 4:30-6pm at our drop-in space in Providence. Snacks will be provided to all and gift cards will be provided to those who stay the entirety of the group.
Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in RI
Rhode Island is not exempt from the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and extremist rhetoric popping up around the country. Several anti-trans bills were heard by the House Education Committee on 3/29. YPI and other supporters provided testimony at the hearing.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has published a phenomenal fact sheet on the dangers and misconceptions of such legislation. It is linked below and outlines what bills have been proposed, and what they threaten.
Community Spotlight on OhHay.Gay
YPI was honored to interview with's blog on our programs and services offered to RI LGBTQ+ youth! We were their Community Spotlight for March 2023. You can read the whole piece at the link below.
White Electric Coffee Give Back!
If you've ever been to YPI, theres a good chance you've also stopped by our neighboring coffee shop, White Electric. YPI has been selected as White Electric's charity of month for April, so 10% of the revenue generated from their spring drink specials menu will be donated back to YPI.

White Electric is located at 711 Westminster St. Providence, RI 02903, and open most days from 7am-4pm. A link to their spring drink menu is linked below (listed as seasonal drinks).
Born This Way Prom 2023!
The annual Born This Way Prom (BTWP) is scheduled for Friday, 21 2023 from 6-10pm at the Florence Gray Center Gym in Newport, RI! Youth are invited to dance the night away and see who is crowned to the Prom royal court. BTWP has been running for over a decade and provides a safe space for queer youth to gather and celebrate.

YPI has limited capacity for transporting youth to and from the prom, to reserve your spot email Our Basic Needs Pantry also has some prom dresses and suits available to those in need of something to wear to prom! Stop by during our drop-in hours to browse our pantry; Tuesdays/Thursdays 2:30-6pm and Wednesdays 2:30-8pm.
Mi Gente Program Through Lifespan
Mi Gente is an evidence-based mental health program devoted to the unique needs of Latinx/Hispanic youth who experience depression or have gone through traumatic events. The program approaches its work with compassion and consideration to the culture, lifestyles, and traditions of its patients and their families.

The program is designed for Latinx/Hispanic youth, ages 12-21, and is particularly beneficial to LGBTQ+ youth, are are more likely to face discrimination and rejection. Mi Gente also supports youth's caregivers, parents, and family members. The program is designed to provide services for a maximum of 6 months.

Our Center Coordinator, Paola, is a Peer Navigator for the program, so feel free to ask questions if you see them around the space! For more information, email or call 401.667.6582.
Wanderground Lesbian Archive/Library Event
The Wanderground Lesbian Archive/Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whoes mission is to "collect, preserve, and circulate Lesbian activisms, artistic cultural expressions, and forgotten legacies, such as (but not limited to) publications (e.g., books and periodicals), personal memorabilia (e.g., journals, letters, photos, etc.), and a gallery of artworks, artifacts, and audio-visual recordings, and other herstorical materials [as well as] produce a diverse variety of events and opportunities to interact with the Wanderground collection of materials". One such event to interact with the Wanderground collection is coming up in April!

Older teens and adults are invited to Making History, an event that allows participants to learn about the original, historic items from the Wanderground Lesbian Archive/Library and the RI LGBTQ+ Community Archive during an interactive show-and-tell. More details and registration link is below.

Location: Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St. Providence RI 02903
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Paid Study on Receiving Sexual & Reproductive Health Care
Brown University's School of Public Health is running a paid study looking at experiences receiving sexual and reproductive health care. Eligible participants are black or latina, a cis of trans woman, aged 18-45 years old, have used drugs to get high in the past years, and receive care in MA, RI or Washington DC.

The study consists of completing a brief survey, and a 45 minute interview. Participants will receive a $75 in visa format.

If you're interested in participating, email or call 401.863.5549.
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. All YPI Center services and activities are free to youth and include a leadership development program, several support groups, a Spanish speaking group, and various social groups such as virtual Dungeons & Dragons.

Our center is home to a Basic Needs Pantry, open to youth in need of food, clothing, toiletries, and school supplies. To pick up a premade bag of items, click the Pantry button below.

In addition to free one on one counseling with licensed clinicians. we also provide case management services for youth facing challenging times. For more information on either of these services, email

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. Below is a button to our training request form.
If you have a story you feel should be included in an upcoming newsletter, email