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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Youth Development

Mission: YouthPride, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, protects, unites, and dignifies the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and young adults.

Results: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth remain under attack. As we all know, and are constantly reminded, those who are willing to bring harm to young people not only sprout up daily, but the predators have a very strong network of constant support and solid protection. YouthPride is a safe, supportive development and resource center where youth can actually feel, and be, safe and secure. At YouthPride, LGBTQQ youth are free from bullying, free from ridicule, and free from predators. At YouthPride we believe that LGBTQQ youth are just as important, just as deserving as their heterosexual counterparts. YouthPride continues to offer counseling, social services, computer usage, nightly discussion forums, HIV testing, and recreational programming. All services are FREE, client-centered, and, quality driven. None of YouthPride’s services have strings attached. YouthPride prevented 22 suicides in 2012. Additionally, 63 youth were matched with stable, safe housing. YouthPride is asking you to be a GUARDIAN of LGBTQQ youth. Support YouthPride in continuing to protect LGBTQQ youth. Support YouthPride in providing a truly appropriate, healthy environment for LGBTQQ youth. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and express outrage about mistreatment of LGBTQQ youth with no outcome. It doesn’t matter if you are gay or straight. Be meaningful. Do something good. Stand firm. Be a Guardian.

Target demographics: LGBTQ Youth Ages 13-24

Geographic areas served: Atlanta Metro Area

Programs: Discussion Groups For youth who realize they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, or have gender issues, there are few havens. Many adults in schools and religious institutions either deny that gays and lesbians exist or condemn homosexuality outright. LGBTQQ youth often feel ashamed and vulnerable in the very places where they should feel the safest. YouthPride feels offering weekly discussion groups is one of the most valuable services it can provide. All groups are facilitated by trained adult and youth volunteers and operated according to a set of rules developed by YP Staff, Board of Directors, and Youth. Every group begins with a review of group rules. All information exchanged during meetings is confidential.

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Community Stories

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Rating: 1

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.



Rating: 1

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.



Rating: 1

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.



Rating: 1

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.



Rating: 5

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.