Wow, do we feel lucky to have such great partners in doing this very important work!
Whole Foods went above and beyond supporting Out Youth in 2011, and has pledged to sponsor the Annual Queer Youth Prom and Out Proud for the Holidays community party in 2012!
The Cord Shiflet family hosted the Glitz last fall and has offered to host the annual party again in 2012, while Grey Goose promises to reprise their role as the Glitz beverage sponsor!
Meetings with foundations have already begun to take place or are being scheduled while simultaneously we received news that Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation will sponsor Out Youth’s KYSS (Knowing Your Status is Smart) Program for a second year!
Local support from IBM, DELL, L Style, G Style magazine, Rock Out Loud, Oil Can Harry’s, Rain, Pink Avocado, and others have invested in Out Youth time and again.
And Mr. Bill Dickson and the Strickland Family Fund continue to provide guidance as we explore the idea of social enterprise.
Our new website, designed by The Lone Star Diva & Co. was launched this past year, and we are working on featured blog posts about our youth, young adults, staff, and volunteers on the home page.
Lastly, keep an eye out for our Annual Report for 2011 which will not only communicate details regarding the state of Out Youth’s finances year end 2011 but also explain our vision for moving forward based on what we are hearing from our youth and young adults, what we’ve been learning from community stakeholders, corporate sponsors, other LGBTQ youth centers, and findings from researched best practices.