The Inside Scoop
January 2023
Made possible by YOU!
Happy New Year!
Thank you for reading Youth Pride, Inc.'s January edition of The Inside Scoop; the place for YPI updates in addition to local and national LGBTQ+ news! Within you will read about our holiday season, changes to our programing, diversity within Providence's City Council and more!
The Holiday Season
Last month YPI celebrated a very joyous holiday season complete with decorations, treats, gifts, and close company. The season would not have been what it was without the help of Hasbro and Stop&Shop.

On December 7th, Hasbro celebrated their 10th annual Global Day of Joy; a company-wide recognized day of giving back to the community and volunteering with local philanthropic partners. Several Hasbro employees decorated the YPI space, wrapped gifts for our youth to open at our holiday party, and baked holiday cookies! The space could not look more festive and really set the atmosphere for the month.
After a very successful Harvest Dinner in November, Stop&Shop (S&S) agreed to sponsor our annual Holigay Party held last year on December 21. A single S&S employee baked us enough pastries to feed 70 people. We were so impressed with their spread, including pistachio pinwheels, maple walnut sticky buns, coconut caramel thumbprint cookies, and panettone to name just a few. In addition to these treats, youth and their families were welcome to indulge in our hot chocolate bar and gingerbread decorating station. We were also grateful to be able to give out more than 100 gifts to youth and their families.
Thank you to everyone who made this holiday season so special; we could not have done it without you!
Program Changes; More In-Person!
The new year has brough new programming changes with it, including different program meeting times and more in-person options.

Gender Spectrum and The Way Out will both alternate being in-person and online each week; regular meeting time does not change. Mostrando Orgullo moved to the 3-4pm timeslot on Wednesdays. Queer Gourmet switched to the 5-7pm timeslot on Wednesdays. Little Unicorns will start meeting in-person on the the 3rd Monday of each month.

A full calendar of our programs along with program descriptions and times, can be found below as well as on our website and social media pages.
TC Rogers
The YPI community would like to recognize the recent passing of TC Rogers, a local LGBTQ+ advocate and educator. Rogers was the Academic Director of Online Programs at Johnston & Wales University and the Board President of Options Magazine, a public news source for the Southern New England LGBTQ+ community

During these times, let’s hold our community close and treat each other with care and compassion. Our thoughts are with their loved ones.
Providence City Council Diversifies
The Providence City Council swore in 15 members for the 2023-2027 term on January 2, 2023. Amongst the council members are Rachel Miller representing ward 13 of Providence, which includes Federal Hill, part of the West End and the Valley District. After being sworn in, Miller was unanimously elected President of the Providence City Council, making her the first LGBTQ+ leader of the city council.
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.
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