January 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages December -- 2013 came to a close on several good notes for Passages, especially as we reflect on the year. Our board of directors has published a new mission and vision statement, launched a fresh Passages brand that tells our story, built and started executing a strategic plan, and started building an annual report. To cap off the year, the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association generously cooked and served a great Christmas dinner for the youth on December 18th. We look forward to continuing our momentum and always appreciate when you help tell Passages' story to friends and colleagues.

Have you signed up? Passages is continuing the campaign to sign-up 50 supporters willing to donate $20/month. Visit www.kcpassages.org and use the Subscribe option to enable PayPal to manage the monthly contribution -- and thank you for your support!

How can you support Passages?

Consider making
a donation to Passages
to make an immediate impact in
supporting our mission.
Passages is transparent about its
budget, operating on ~$1,000 per month.


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about Passages' mission
in our community.
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Or, we're always looking
for motivated, and passionate
volunteers or community executives
to serve on our Board.
Email us to learn more.

Board Members
Jason Webb - Accenture, Board Chair
Bob Bair - Sprint
Carl Bennum - Deloitte
Jason Boman - SquaredJ Creative
Don Carrel - author, My Dream to Trample AIDS
Amanda Green - Cerner
Damon Jones - Cerner
Sara Wood - People's Bank

Passages -- Upcoming Events

Passages Wednesday Night 1/15 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project & Missouri Gay Rodeo Association -- KCAVP will be onsite and the Missouri Gay Rodeo will be cooking up a fantastic free Holiday meal. Mark your calendars, bring your friends, and celebrate the season with our Passages' family. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Passages Wednesday Night 1/22 - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge.

Passages Wednesday Night 1/29 with KC CARE Clinic -- The KC CARE clinic will be onsite to provide health education and testing resources relevant to LGBT youth. Come have dinner at Passages, meet new friends, and learn about health topics.

Passages Wednesday Night 2/5 with Synergy Services -- Synergy Services brings pizza and presents relevant and timely content. Come have dinner and get engaged.

Passages Wednesday Night 2/12 -- Grinders Pizza & Good Samaritan Project -- Open to youth 14-20, parents/guardians welcome. We will have an informal discussion group over dinner so come to Passages, make new friends and hangout in the lounge.Good Samaritan Project will be onsite with health information relevant to LGBT youth as well as an option for free testing services at Passages.

More about Passages
Our Mission is to equip LGBT youth to become aware of and comfortable with their identities, knowledgeable of their health status and risks, and actively involved in the Kansas City community.
- We assist by partnering with community resource centers to lead discussions around coming out to help LGBT youth feel supported.
- We educate LGBT youth on dating safety, healthy relationships, and HIV and STI prevention, by providing materials not available in traditional classrooms.
- We encourage youth to remain healthy through periodic onsite STI screening and one-on-one risk assessments.
- We support LGBT youth by providing a safe, accepting, hate-free environment for them to express themselves.

Vision: A society where all youth feel safe regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and are empowered to reach their full potential.


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