The Inside Scoop
March 2023
Made possible by YOU!
Thank you for reading Youth Pride, Inc.'s March edition of The Inside Scoop; the place for YPI updates in addition to local and national LGBTQ+ news! Within you will read about our pantry restock, case manager job opening, upcoming HIV/HEP C testing, and more!
Basic Needs Pantry Restock!
Our Basic Needs Pantry provides over 100lb of food, clothes, toiletries, and school supplies to youth each month. Keeping the shelves stocked is a huge job, so we greatly appreciate any individual, group, school, or business wanting to donate directly to the pantry or set up a drive. We're currently looking to restock with our most requested items: shelf-stable milk (all types); canned proteins (tuna, beans, etc); hot and cold cereal; shampoo/conditioner; toothbrushes and toothpaste; deodorant; lotion. We're only accepting plus size clothes at this time (size 18 and over).

If you're interested in donating or starting a drive, please reach out to to schedule a time to drop off items. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Silent Auction
Thank you to everyone who came out to YPI's Silent Auction at Jordan's Jungle! Between the 12 different actionable items and cash donations, we raised over $1,000!

We would like to give a huge should out to all of our interns who planed and facilitated this event! Three of our interns are pictured right.
Case Manager For Hire!
Youth Pride, Inc. is seeking a part time case manager! This position will be 20-25 hrs/week at $25/hr. Under the direction of the Director of Youth Services, the case manager will provide general daily case-by-case services, resources acquisition and advocacy as well as informal counseling services to YPI youth and participants. This position will also work closely with our youth to determine eligibility for mental health services and connect youth to outside services when they require a higher/alternative level of care.

The link below will bring you to the full job description and application.
Free & Confidential HIV Testing
AIDS Project RI (APRI) will be conducting free and confidential rapid HIV and HEP C testing at our drop-in space on Wednesday, March 8 from 3-5pm. The test takes only seconds and results are available within 15 minutes. There are also no needles, just a gums swab! Pre-registration is not required, just drop in and request a test. No eating, drinking, or brushing of teeth one half half hour before testing.
Study on Trans/Nonbinary Healthcare
Parent & Youth Perspectives on Transgender Health Care is a study facilitated by Taylor Silverman, a local trans PhD student studying parent and youth experiences with gender affirming health care (puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and more). Taylor is looking to interview transgender/nonbinary youth, ages 13 and above, about what social and medical transitioning means to them. She is also looking to interview parents/caregivers of transgender/nonbinary children of any age.

Interviews will last about an hour and can be conducted over Zoom. To learn more, please contact Taylor at or 401-400-1756!
We Are ALL Readers Event
The second annual We Are ALL Readers book festival is happening on April 1st at North Kingstown High School! The event celebrates diverse children’s books, creators, and readers. The event also highlights “mirrors and windows” in children’s books; books that reflect a diverse range of lived experiences and open a window onto a life different from one’s own.

We Are ALL Readers has a great line up this year: Wakefield Books pop-up bookstore with author signings; Hands-on crafts and activities for kids; Book giveaway by Reach Out and Read (First 300 kids each get a free book!); Food Trucks. A full lineup and descriptions can be found on the registration page linked below.

We Are ALL Readers Children’s Book Festival
April 1, 2023, 10:00am - 3:30pm 
North Kingstown High School (150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852)
Free and open to the public. Registration required; linked below.
The Imperial Court of Rhode Island Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Imperial Court of Rhode Island's Memorial Scholarship Fund is open! This scholarship fund is an opportunity to give back to the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts’ LGBTQ+ community and promote higher education. This scholarship is open to any individual that has either graduated or is about to graduate high school; is interested in pursuing a level of higher education; and identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community or has a parent or guardian who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Applications are due Wednesday, March 22, 2023!
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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