January 2015

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages December -- First off - a very happy New Year to all of our supporters, youth, board, volunteers, partners, and community members! In December, the Passages space, freshly renovated had a soft open for our youth with a new table for dinner & workshop discussions + the start of a technology upgrade with a new flat panel TV and console. Yet, we are forging ahead with completing the space. In the upcoming weeks, we will add comfortable new seating, procure couches, and hear about pending grant requests for technology. Our amazing family of supporters donated well over $1000 in December and we would like to enter 2015 with the same momentum. Share the Passages mission and space renovation project with your friends and consider making a donation if you've not already done so. With your help, we can wrap up furnishings and launch the new room!

Have you signed up? Passages is continuing the campaign to sign-up 50 supporters who 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!

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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
Damon Jones - Cerner
Sara Wood - People's Bank

Passages Wednesday Night 1/14 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Passages Wednesday Night 1/21 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project - KCAVP will be onsite and Passages volunteers will make a great meal. Checkout our Facebook page for tonight's topic and more details.

Passages Wednesday Night 1/28 - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge.

Passages Wednesday Night 2/4 -- Join our great volunteer facilitators. Come have dinner, meet new friends, and learn about our discussion topic for the evening.

Passages Wednesday Night 2/11 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

MACHER / LOGISTICS: Paul Butler-Turner on Breaking Down Barriers in the Freight Industry
by: Andrea Martin

Photo credit: Landon Vonderschmidt

Paul Butler-Turner has made his own path. And hes proud of it.

Hes the creator and owner of Macher Logistics, a third-party freight logistics provider.

We analyze the freight needs of companies, and then we approach the carriers with shipping histories and negotiate a rate, Butler-Turner explains. Once the rate is accepted by the customer, we manage the freight from pickup to delivery to invoice.

He reflects on how his company began.

I always received a lot of heat from carriers and the trucking companies because of my status, he says. Im not really the most masculine-sounding on the phone. So I decided I would start Macher Logistics to show everybody, look, were here, and it doesnt matter what industry were in were going to take it. I felt our people needed that friend in the freight industry.

The full article can be found online at http://campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=2341.

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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