The Inside Scoop

June 2023

Made possible by YOU!

Thank you for reading Youth Pride, Inc.'s June edition of The Inside Scoop; the place for YPI updates in addition to local and national LGBTQ+ news! Within you will read about YPI's as a recipient of RIF's Endowment Fund, our recruitment for youth board members, new safer sex initiatives, all the awesome people supporting YPI this Pride Season and more!

YPI Family Day This Weekend!

There is still time to register for YPI's Family Day happening this Sunday at Colt State Park from 12-4pm!

We hope YPI youth and their families will join us for an afternoon of crafts, games, food, fun and community! The event will be held at Colt State Park in Bristol, with exact campsites emailed to registered folks.

Hasbro Toy will be at the event facilitating XL life-size games such as Connect 4, Jenga and Guess Who? Stop&Shop is sponsoring the food potion; we will have a mixture of sandwiches, sides, and beverages. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options will be available.

We strongly suggest families bring the following items to be as comfortable as possible during the day: blankets, chairs, sunscreen, and bug-spray. On least dogs are welcome!

This event is free and open to all of our youth and their families. Each family must register at the link below.

Family Day Registration

RI Pride!

Mark your calendars for RI Pride happening in downtown Providence on Saturday, June 17th! Stop by YPI's booth to get resources, meet staff, buy some pride swag, pick up safer sex and menstrual products, and check our rainbow piggy bank! We will also have a small presence at the North Kingstown Pride happening Saturday, June 3rd.

We have a spot in the Providence illuminated night parade. If you're interested in marching with us, send an email to If you're interested in volunteering with YPI at Pride (for the day festival or night parade), email

We have several amazing Pride sponsors this year that deserve a huge shout-out including: RIDOH, Stop and Shop, Dassault Systems, UNFI/Cub Foods, North Kingston Pride, Sojourner House, Blue Cross Blue Shield RI (BCBSRI), Thundermist Health Centers, The Stable, Narraganset Brewery, Rhode Island FC, and RI Spirits! Read below for more details on how some of these sponsors are giving back to YPI this month!

Recruiting Youth Board Members!

Did you know YPI's board of directors has multiple positions for youth? We're currently looking to fill two youth board member seats starting this month! The ideal youth board member is someone who cares for, and benefits from, our organization and wants to help guide the direction YPI takes in the future. This is perfect to list on your resume, or to gain leadership experience.

This position requires attendance at our monthly board meetings (typically Thursday evenings) and attendance at our annual board retreat every January. This is a paid opportunity; youth board members are paid ~$42 for each monthly board meeting they attend; this comes out to ~$500 a year. Extra is paid for the board retreat.

If this opportunity interests you, please submit our application linked below!

Youth Board Member Application

YPI Receives $100k from RIF Designated Endowment Fund

In efforts to address and dismantle the fundamental, structural causes of systemic racism that impact marginalized RI populations, the Rhode Island Foundation (RIF) has put together a Designated Endowment Fund in the amount of $1.2 million dollars to be distributed to 14 Rhode Island-based nonprofits led by, and primarily servicing, people of color. YPI is grateful to be one of the 14 organization who will be receiving $100k as part of the endowment process.

The full press release is linked below for more information!

Press Release

Spirit of Giving Essay Dedicated to YPI

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) is an international women’s civic organization that seeks to bring together women of all backgrounds for philanthropic activities and community service. The Rhode Island GFWC of South County hosted their annual "Spirit of Giving" essay contest. The contest has youth write about organizations that are important to them and how charitable giving can benefit their impact in the community. The top three essays are read aloud by the youth authors at the Spirit of Giving Luncheon held at the Mettatuxet Yacht Club. The organizations the youth wrote about are then gifted a monetary donation.

One of the three winning essay was written about YPI. We were honored to attend the luncheon, meet the youth who submit the essay, and receive the donation. We hope to continue positively influencing the lives and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth in the state. The other two winning essays were written about The American Cancer Society and the World Wildlife Federation.

Read the full essay at the link below!

Full Essay

2023 YPI Pride Supporters!

This Pride season we have seen a huge outpouring of support and generosity from the community. Many individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses are hosting fundraisers or running basic needs drives benefiting YPI this June. With the current anti-LGBTQ climate not just in our country, but in our state, we cannot thank these folks enough for their support.

This philanthropy will allow YPI to continue the important work we do in accordance to our mission. This includes providing all of our services and programs for free: individual counseling, case management, housing/rental assistance, several weekly support group, several social and wellness programs a week, access to our basic needs pantry and more.

All of June

Select Dates in June

Escape Rhode Island is donating 10% of all escape room sales to YPII when customers use the promo code: PRIDE23

Hasbro Toys is donating the proceed from custom ink T-shirts and Tote Bags to YPI!

RI Spirits will donate the proceeds of their Pink Lemonade cocktail to YPI. Try the beverage in their tasting room. On June 9th from 3:30-7:30pm, YPI will be tabling with RI Spirits at The Guild in Pawtucket to support and promote our cocktail.

Rhode Island FC is donating the proceeds from the sale of their custom FC Pride T-Shirts. T-shirts will be announced soon!

(add)ventures will donation a portion of the proceeds raised from selling their pride t-shirts to YPI.

Pantry Drives

Several businesses are hosting food and toiletry drives for our basic needs panty throughout the month of June. These include:

Ladder 133 Kitchen & Social in Providence; Urban Outfitters (the first week in June and RI Pride weekend); TPI Composites, Inc.,; IGT's Providence PRIDE group; Pure Barre RI in Cranston.

Urban Outfitters in Providence is hosting a store-wide pride event on June 6th from 12pm-5pm. Proceeds will benefit YPI. Raffles and DIY tote bag customization will be happening in store!

REALPRO Foundation is hosting an Art Night benefiting YPI on June 7th from 5:30-8pm at 2202 Broad St. in Cranston. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served alongside exhibits of art from local artists and live music.

Uncorked & Sapphire’s Epic Outdoor Experience brings together innovative businesses to network, promote their own businesses, and support YPI in the process. The event is happening June 17th, 3-8pm at the Uncorked Liquors location in Providence. Free massages, music, drinks and plenty of cool businesses to check out!

Industrious Spirits (ISCO) will donate a portion of the proceeds from their Summer Solstice cocktail sales to YPI from June 21-30. Try the cocktail in their tasting room located at 1 Sims Ave. in Providence!

Narragansett Brewery will donate $1 from every beer sold to YPI on June 29 from 6-10pm. The NoH8 Campaign will also be in attendance for photo ops.

Sing for a cause at the 4th annual Karaoke Night happening June 29th at Mirabar from 8pm-12am! Hosted by Daisy Eagan, Tony award Winning actor and host of the podcast 'Strange and Unexplained', funds willbenefit YPI.

Sex-Ed Through a Queer and Trans-Inclusive Lens

OneCranston Health Equity Zone is bringing back their 'Let's Talk About It' series this summer. This year, the program is specifically focused on providing sex education to teens from an LGBTQ+ perspective. The set of three sex-ed sessions will be targeted toward Cranston teens. Participants will expand their knowledge of sexual health, safety, and healthy relationships through a queer and trans-inclusive lens. Gift cards will be given to participants in each session.

June 20 - 22, 12:00-1:30pm at 1090 Cranston St. Cranston, RI 02920

To sign up or learn more, email JB at or call 401.208.3487.

LGBTQ+ Summer Metalworking Class

The Steel Yard offers several different Youth Summer Camps in July and August for those ages 14-18. Camp Sparkle serves as a LGBTQ+ youth day camp providing training in the industrial arts. The sessions run from July 10 – July 21 and have eight spots open. Week one is spent working with small-scale metals, learning jewelry and metalsmithing techniques. Week two is spent learning how to weld.

Full scholarships and sliding scale tuition is available for eligible participants.

The deadline to apply is June 26! Application and website is linked below.

The Steel Yard Summer Camps
Camp Sparkle Application
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.
Donate to YPI!
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.
Training Request Form
Basic Needs Pantry Request Form
Youth Pride, Inc.
743 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903

Newsletter Written by Tiffani Carcieri, YPI Staff
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