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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

48 people found this review helpful

Having just moved to conneticut i dont know much about true colors, but i do know that this is a great organization and deserves this award. they have helped me personnally and many that i know. they are the soldiers for the lgbtq communitty and should be recognized for all that they do.

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

My community as well as the whole of CT

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

Give all the members an award for there hard work.

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

The hospitality and understanding of the members.

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

nice, clean kind, and understanding. they deserve this award more than anyone else.

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

help get bills passed and have an official building and switchboard.

Ways to make it better...

A limo had driven me there.

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

money. there biggest problem is financial, and im sure this award could help that.

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

I LOVE TRUE COLORS!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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