Mission: Lyric's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lgbtqq youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.
Programs: Access & engagement - lyric's access and engagement program decreases the isolation of lgbtqq young people and promotes healthy communities of caring peers and adult allies through individualized case management and peer-led groups. At intake, youth report high levels of unemployment, homelessness, and mental health issues. Youth gain access to housing, violence prevention services, educational support, legal services, and healthcare. Case management services are available on-site at lyric as well as at the dimensions clinic, the sf lgbt center's meal night, and at numerous school sites. Lyric's youth community faces numerous barriers: 97% report histories of violence, 79% are in urgent need of mental health/substance abuse services, 68% are homeless/marginally-housed. (continued at schedule o)
workforce development - lyric's youth workforce development program provides lgbtqq and straight ally youth with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that prepare them for the work world. Through this program, youth learn to: engage in activities that build their emotional and intellectual capacity; succeed in school and explore post-secondary pathways to cultivate economic self-sufficiency; obtain meaningful work experience that builds their basic job readiness/leadership skills; and develop the means to thrive as individuals, utilizing critical thinking/problem solving skills to contribute to the vitality of their communities. (continued at schedule o)
school-based initiative - lyric's school-based program empowers students to create schools where lgbtqq youth can thrive. Across six (6) school sites, students participate in leadership groups that explore themes of culture, identity, and social justice through an lgbtqq lens. These youth form leadership teams, leading activities and events for all students throughout the school year. As a result of this work, we were successful in reaching an incredibly vulnerable and challenging to reach student community-lgbqq (100%) students of color (92%), over a third of whom are transgender/gender-questioning (39%). The students participating in our program report significant increases in their sense of safety at school, connection to the school community, and pride about their lgbtq identity.
This program enabled shady behavior from one of their “youth” members, allowing them to actively harm the financial and mental well-being of others they judged based on a biased viewpoint. As a result, charitable funds were misused as well. Additionally, program staff were difficult to contact. I would not recommend supporting this program.
I did some counseling with LYRIC and I have known several young lgbt people who make extensive use of their services. They truly are a profound impact on those they serve, while allowing them freedom of expression and empowerment in who and what they are.