Outright Vermont

Rating: 4.85 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Children & Youth, LGBTQ

Location: PO Box 5235 Burlington VT 05402 USA

Mission: The mission of Outright Vermont is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, ages 13-22. Outright''s goal is to make Vermont the safest, most supportive, and most empowering state for queer youth in the United States.
Programs: Our youth center is based in Burlington and is open five days a week from 10:00am - 6:00pm. It includes a drop in space with a wireless internet lab with computers, lending library, and safer sex supplies. The youth center is also home to weekly Friday Night support groups. Outright also provides the SASS Academy, our HIV prevention and sexual health workshop geared specifically towards queer youth. Outright offers Orasure and Oraquick HIV testing, counseling, and referral services anonymously and at no cost. Outright also offers Gendertopia, a gender-based after school program. Gender and Java, a workshop about gender and gender expression, is offered at our Burlington space and has traveled all over Vermont. In addition, Outright provides substance-free monthly social and support groups in Burlington and Rutland and provides quarterly events in Brattleboro.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Outright Vermont provides vital services to this rural state. Rural youth still struggle with isolation, and Outright actively battles this every day, bringing youth together to support each other. This is a youth organization that truly empowers youth as opposed to "reaching down" with services "for" youth. They work hard to expand their reach throughout the state, moving their yearly conference/Queer Prom event around the state to allow more youth from different areas to attend. Their visibility work alone is so valuable, and they provide so much more. The Outright Vermont School Report Card that evaluates Vermont schools based on friendliness and support toward LGBTQ youth is another invaluable service they provide. We are blessed to have this energetic and active organization in our state!

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

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Board of Directors for several years now, and am very proud of the work that Outright Vermont does all around the state. Not only do our LGBTQ youth find a place that is safe, nurturing and respectful, but all students who are in our schools recieve the powerful messages about bullying and acceptance. I know if I had and organization like this when I was a youth coming out my life would have been much happier. I have heard more than one youth describe an experience with Outright as "the best day/event of my life"... it does not get much more powerful than that!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked, volunteered, donated, and generally been a huge fan of Outright Vermont for over a decade. They really do make it better for queer youth in Vermont and I am proud to have an org of their caliber in my state. They are actively creating space (physical and otherwise) for queer youth in communities and schools in every corner of Vermont - the results can be seen at any of their events, where happy, healthy, and vibrant queer youth are able to truly be themselves. Go Outright VT!

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

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