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.
Results: In 2009, True Colors Executive Director, Robin McHaelen was chosen by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Lambda Legal Education and Defense fund as one of the two professionals to design and conduct a national master training program for child welfare professionals across the country. The training has been published by NASW and is available on the web as “Moving the Margins: Curriculum for Child Welfare Services with LGBTQ Youth in Out-of-Home Care.” In addition, True Colors staff trained more than 2,400 educators, social workers, clinicians, health care providers, students and others across CT.
Target demographics: LGBT youth, their families and the systems that support them.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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

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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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.

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

 
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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.

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

 
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29 people found this review helpful

True Colors annual conference has expanded from from a small conference that was held at University of Hartford to a conference that attracts close to 3000 attendees at the University of Connecticut, many of them are professionals. They have added a third day to the conference just for professional working with LGBT youth. But they also have a mentoring program for LGBT kids. They work with to department of Children and Families to place LGBT youth with LGBT forester parents. In addition, True Colors is a member of the Anti-Discrimination Coalition working to pass a gender inclusive anti-discrimination law.

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

the youth who have increased their self esteem through the mentoring program

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

keep it just like it is now, focus on LGBT youth

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

working with their highly professional staff

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

motivated and very helpful. It was a pleasure to work with them.

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

they could expand to other states. They are unique and could be a model program for other states

Ways to make it better...

we were able to pass a gender inclusive anti-discrimination bill

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

to overcome the lack of popper funding. In today;s economy they have made the best with what grants that they receive.

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

In my second year of grad school, I hope to intern with them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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