I was with YP from 2008 until 2011. The current ED is unfit to run a youth centre, or anything for that matter. Stay away from this place at all costs. There are warrants for the arrest of the ED for writing bad checks in the organization's name. Until he is replaced (which won't happen because there is no Board of Directors) take any time, energy, or effort you'd like to give to the queer young people of Atlanta and give it to another organization like JustUs Atlanta.
I was a volunteer here for over 5 years. The present Executive Director was hired and ran all good staff members, volunteers, and youth away. He never cared for anyone who knew the truth that he was not supporting the center in his role but running it into the ground. Anyone who spoke to the Board of Directors negatively about him was told to never return to the center. As far as I know this non-profit is on the verge of losing their 501c3 status and does not have a Board of Directors. They have not produced an Annual Report of Financials to donors or members since 2011. Stay clear of this sinking ship.
I interned here and loved it at one point until I begin to question somethings that I noted. The volunteers they had did not even want to be there anymore. Interns were put in awkward situations and one was even told that they were fishing for trouble after trying to politely excuse their self and another intern. At the end of the internship, the two remaining interns, as the organization had lost its other interns, were bullied in an email to the Director of Practicum experience in a very dismissive manner, with further attacks to their professional character. The Executive Director was also very manipulative and condescending, as well as vindictive. If there was anything done that the director did not like about the intern, he would say that one intern was weak or stronger than the other, therefore pitting one intern against the other. This is very unprofessional conduct and candor and should never be allowed.
I would not engage this organization as it is in dire need of new leadership all together, and direction.
Absolute SHAM. Don't be fooled. This used to be a vital part of the community until the current leader took over and ran it into the ground.
YouthPride is the best LGBTQ youth center in the Southeast. They have been around since 1995 and they continue to expand their services to meet the needs of the youth and young adults they serve.