Mission: To educate and empower south florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual,
Programs: Pridelines youth services nurtures and educates miami's lgbtq youth and community five days per week and most weekends. From 12-6pm we operate a youth drop-in center located at 9526 ne 2nd ave, #104, miami shores, fl 33138. Members can come hang out, use our library, do homework or access care coordination. Our david bohnett cybercenter is a well-equipped computer lab, which offers youth the latest technology, both hardware and software, and free internet access. Youth can check email, do research, work on school projects or get help preparing college or job application. From 6-8pm we offer a series of psychosocial and educational groups: rainbow circle - the original peer- led/adult-facilitated support group that gave rise to pridelines, women on the rise - an experiential arts program highlighting the work & techniques of female artists, beyond the binary - a peer-led support & discussion group for transgender and gender non-conforming, youth council - youth leadership development, mentorship and program production input, she spot - a support/discussion & skills building group for female- identified lbtq youth, young men taking action - a comprehensive sex education, hiv/std prevention program for sexual minority youth, and friday socials - just fun, games, movies, dance parties, birthday celebrations and youth leadership recognition. At the drop-in center youth can also access housing assistance and wrap-around services through project safe (safe accommodations for everyone) a collaboration with the alliance for glbtq youth. Pridelines also provides a series of youth enrichment activities - special events for lgbtq youth and their friends and allies: campout - youth leadership development retreat, valentines' day dance, gsa picnic, miami beach gay pride parade, community expo & youth after-party, the lgbt youth prom, gay day at disney, venetian pool party, biscayne bay boat trip, miami beach beach party, homecoming dance, halloween party, thanksgiving dinner, holiday party, florida grand opera, movie & theater outing, bowling and gametime events. In 2014 we received new funding to provide hiv testing and prevention services to miami-dade county residents regardless of ages. Our drop-in center provides hiv testing five days per week from 12:00pm to 8:00pm and on weekends from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Additionally, pridelines provides our positive connections: hiv support groups for adults, a series of support groups addressing the needs and concerns of individuals living with hiv/aids. Topics include dating, coping with hiv status disclosure, dealing with family & friends, staying healthy and more. The goal of positive connections is to provide educational, emotional, holistic and social support to those infected and affected by chronic illness, with a special emphasis on the hiv/aids community. Groups include heterosexual support group -this group was created to address the needs and concerns of heterosexual individuals. Topics include dating, coping with hiv status disclosure, dealing with family & friends and their support. The issues of dating a person that is not hiv-positive, as well as dating someone that is hiv-positive are frequent topics. Gay/bi men's roundtable - this is a very popular group, so make sure to arrive early. Please rsvp as the topics are interesting, group is well-attended, and we have limited seating. Women's group - "women of power" this new group focuses entirely on hiv+ women's needs, perspectives and power. Topics include: dating, family and friends support, how to protect yourself while engaging in sex, female condoms, women's health , and women & hiv among others. And, newly diagnosed group - topics typically address the following questions and issues: when to start medical treatment? Who do i need to disclose my hiv status to? What does all this mean when i start to date others? And coping with being diagnosed hiv positive. We also offered a spanish speakers support group on wednesdays and individual peer counseling that was available in english, portuguese & spanish. Pridelines also provides a monthly lecture series for people living with, affected by, or at-risk of contracting hiv/aids that features guests speakers and professionals that work in the hiv/aids arena directly or indirectly. Pridelines' 2014 attendance reflects individuals, youth and adults alike, that participated in programs, received services, and/or attended events exceeded 4500, representing over 700 unduplicated youth served and 350 adults. The fact that demand for our programs and services continues to grow is a testament to the quality of the services we provide and the need for these types of services in our community.