True Colors, Inc.

Rating: 4.79 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ

Location: 576 Farmington Ave. Hartford CT 06105 USA

Mission: True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. We challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I give to this organization because I believe in what they are doing and how they are helping our young people to grow, blossom, and just be the great people that they are. The staff is very dedicated to and I am happy to be able to contribute as I feel that they are very deserving.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

no words can ever describe what this group brings to the table! But for starters it provises , support, education , programs, consultations ,advocacy and all with a high level of skills and nurturence! You ca tell the folks who run it, work there and volunteer do it because they want to, are committed to the mssion and the do so selfishly

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a mentor and involved with True Colors for a few years now and this organization is top notch in the quality of training, care and expertise offered to the children they protect, the community they serve and the public they seek to educate. As a mentor, I have extended myself and become a living, breathing, positive representation of a future for our LGBT youth. I have also heard stories and been witness to the resiliency of our youth, when given the right tools of love, support and affirmation for their existence.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the True Colors Conferences held annually at UCONN in Storrs, CT

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them all the funding they needed to keep creating change and safe space.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Expansion into other parts of the region, perhaps additional offices.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met lots of new friends, networking contacts, but most important, great kids.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Absolutely amazing. There is so much energy in our community and with our kids, especially when they are in a space that is open, loving and affirming.

Rating: 5 stars  

When I was 13, I was on the verge of suicide. I was the only lesbian student in my high school, and I took a lot of heat from the students and staff for it. My days were miserable, I was the victim of numerous hate crimes. In the spring of 2004, my school's Gay/Straight Alliance registered for the True Colors Conference. The conference was held at Central CT State University that year. I had no idea what to expect, I'd never been to the conference before. We pulled onto the campus at 8 o'clock that morning and my life changed forever. Within minutes of arriving, we were greeted by Robin, Nico, and the rest of the True Colors Staff. There were hundreds, if not thousands of GLBTQ youth gathered. I was in shock. Here I was, one girl from a small, conservative christian town, surrounded by all of these fantastic, carefree, very gay people. Two days later, I left the conference with a completly new mindset. I was not alone. I had resources, new freinds, and a self esteem boost that was responsible for me surviving my years in high school. Through True Colors, I found a place where I belonged. I found people just like me. I found resources who stood up for me, and helped me work with my school's administration to stop the bullying and hate crimes. Suddenly, in a matter of two days, I had all of the love and support that any scared, depressed, lonely 13 year old girl could ever need. I attended the True Colors Conference for 7 years. After graduationg high school, I presetned a few times at the conference too, as my way of giving back to the community that saved me. I'm 22 now, I live with my partner of a year and we're hoping to get married in 2014. I can honestly say, that without Robin and the rest of the folks at True Colors, I would not be here. Their love, dedication, kindness, determination, support, and hard work has made a difference in so many lives, not just mine. They bring together the most incredible people you'll ever meet, and they work to make the world a better place for the GLBTQ youth they serve. I owe my life to True Colors, and I know plenty of people who can say the same. That's what makes True Colors a GREAT Nonprofit.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a therapist for children and adolescents I have often looked to True Colors to assist in many ways over the last 10 years. Robin and her staff are incredibly responsive and helpful. Robin has also done some training for myself and colleagues and no one leaves without an incredible amount of insight of how to assist all children and families. They are incredible.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the way kids feel about themselves and save lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

34 people found this review helpful

True Colors is a group that has embraced the LGBTQI kids that get lost in the system. Few existing social organizations are able to fund or support programs where kids are labeled anything other than what society wants them to be. Many church groups can't handle LGBTQI youth because they have a need to change kids to what the church wants them to be, and when they can't- youth are cast away for having the courage to be themselves. True Colors embraces the youth of it's program. No one is told to be anything except themselves. The ability True Colors staff has to see each individual and treat their soul amazes me. If I had to name the number one service they provide- it would be acceptance tied with Love for first place. I decided to become a mentor for this very reason. I am impressed with the amount of community outreach True Colors does, from School GSA's, (which I might add provided youth with scholarship opportunities and information), to an amazing (yearly) national conference, to a variety of arts, entertainment, and spiritual groups. It is an honor to volunteer with this group!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the youth that have grown emotionally, spiritually and who now have hope in their future.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I've learned from staff, other volunteers and interns and what the kids share. The conference. To see so many youth, for some of them, the only days they can be themselves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, dedicated, knowledgeable, hip. These people know what they are doing! There just isn't enough of them!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Organize groups across the country and create a more accepting and loving place for LGBTQI youth in society.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

35 people found this review helpful

True Colors provides and outstanding service to the youth that seek it out by supporting them and affirming their worth as individuals regardless of sexual orientation. Further, True Colors provides and outstanding service to all organizations in the state of CT that serve youth by advocating for lgbtq youth and assisting organizations in understanding the needs of such youth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in countless lgbtq youth that thought they had no self worth....that thought no one actually cared for them....that thought they would be condemned to hell because insensitive, discriminatory, bigoted, and prejudiced people had told them so.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue doing exactly what they are doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the warm and caring people that are involved. As well as watching lgbtq youth gain confidence and self worth.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the world a better place for lgbtq youth and the general public.

Ways to make it better...

True Colors had even great support and funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice foisted upon it by discriminatory, bigoted, prejudicial people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope True Colors keeps up the fine job it does.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 1 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

True Colors is an organization that is dishonest as best. They fail to present both side of the issue of homosexuality to youth. The youth that they serve are very vulnerable and they come to programs run by this organization often with the question "What do I do? I think I might be gay." Youth served are always encouraged to explore the path of homosexuality rather than the path of heterosexuality or celibacy. The leadership of this group will not dare tell their clients that homosexuality may be a CHOICE! It's a shame that such a biased group has been allowed to have such an influence on our kids.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they do employ a lot of volunteers in their efforts -- of different ethnic groups and socio-economic groups.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000-3-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

44 people found this review helpful

True Colors is a great, cutting edge organization which is devoted to improving the lives of LGBTQ youth. Not only do they provide direct services e.g. mentoring programs and the largest conference for and about LGBTQ youth in the country, but they also educate those who work w/ youth in a wide range of agencies.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of hundreds of LGBTQ youth attending this year's True Colors Conference!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

41 people found this review helpful

True Colors, Inc., is an organization with one overriding goal. Provide LGBTQ, etc., youth, their families and allies with the tools and support needed to ensure that these youth grow up knowing the value they themselves bring to the world and that they can truly make a difference and be proud of who they are. As a board member and a long time advocate of True Colors, I have seen the group grow from being run out of a home to the small office space they now occupy, bursting to expand yet again. The annual Youth Conference, provides information and eduction to thousands of LGBTQ, etc., youth from middle school through college along with social workers and other youth oriented professionals. The conference is larger and more dynamic year after year. Other shining examples of their efforts are the Safe Harbor project run with the State of CT Dept of Children and Families, their LGBT mentoring program and their GSA progams. The staff and interns are truly dedicated and caring professionals and have been recognized nationally and locally as have many of their training and other programs. True Colors is working hard to increase their donor base and rely less on grant funding for programs and operating costs, to ensure fiscal stability and growth in years to come. The organization is poised to become a well recognized national player in support of LGBT youth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of the youth that pass through their door, attend a conference, or hear about this from someone they know

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope to do one tenth of what Robin McHaelen does every single day.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication and professionalism of the entire staff and board

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

beyond amazing and never take no for an answer.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to succeed in everything it does and reach out to touch every LGBT youth in the United States with the same care and dedication to equality.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to join as a board member much earlier

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and need for increased staffing to expand their programs, which is tied to funding of course

One thing I'd also say is that...

There is nothing left to say.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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