Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) April 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to your monthly Side by Side newsletter!
ROOTS Weekend Richmond
with Ali & Xander
Side by Side Youth Presenting at ROOTS Weekend in Richmond

Side by Side youth leaders, Ali and Xander, will be presenting, along with our partners from Advocates for Richmond Youth, on LGBTQ+ youth identities and experiences as well as youth homelessness at the ROOTS Weekend here in Richmond in April.

ROOTS Weekend is the 5th of 6 gatherings held throughout the south focused on creating a world without prisons. LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately impacted by the school to prison pipeline due to family rejection leading to disconnection from family and sometimes homelessness, as well as harsh school environments. Youth leaders from Side by Side and Advocates for Richmond Youth are ensuring that LGBTQ+ youth and youth experiencing homelessness are a part of this important conversation. We are so proud of Xander and Ali for their advocacy!

Click here to learn more about the ROOTS Weekend Richmond. 
Side by Side Welcomes Second Licensed Clinician

Side by Side continues to see an increase in youth and families seeking resources and services and recently, we are seeing an increase in youth experiencing distress and suicidal ideations. We've been fortunate to offer counseling services to youth and families with Dr. Lisa Griffin and are excited to now welcome a second licensed clinician to our team, Chevelle Moss-Savage, thanks to the support of the Community Foundation and the CarMax Foundation.

Chevelle is the founder of Helping Everyone Accept and Adapt to Life or HEAL LLC. She brings with her over 20 years of experience as a therapist, group facilitator, and case manager to Side by Side. She most recently supported the LGBTQ+ community at Virginia State University and specializes in supporting LGBTQ+ youth at their many intersections.

Click here to learn more about Side by Side's Counseling Services.

Click here to learn more about HEAL. 
Side by Side with the Boy Scouts
Joe Maldonado,9 
(Photo by Amy Newman - The Associated Press)

Back in February this year, a New Jersey boy became the first openly transgender boy scout when the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow transgender children to join the organization.

Following the news in Virginia, the Heart of Virginia Council approached Side by Side to train it's leadership on some of the unique factors related to working with transgender youth.  We helped them continue to think through how they could best meet the needs of their scouts to ensure their organization is a welcoming and affirming one for all boys.

Brad Nesheim, CEO of the Heart of Virginia Council, wrote, "Thank you for the excellent presentation you gave to key members of our staff.  We truly appreciated your going the extra mile to prepare a unique presentation which we found most helpful."

We're very excited to continue our partnership with the Boys Scouts in the coming years.
 
Side by Side welcomes new Junior Board members!
 
The Side by Side Junior Board helps spread the word about the work of the organization and assists with fundraising campaigns.
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