February 2015

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages January -- January for Passages marked another space renovation milestone with the addition of two new comfortable couches and 12 donated chairs from Contract Furnishings. In addition we were invited back to Cristo Rey high school's Health Day this Spring as part of our youth outreach activities. Finally, we'll be at the KU Med Center's upcoming annual Sexuality Conference where the next generation of doctors can learn about critical support resources in our community, including Passages. 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 2/18 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 2/25 - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge.

Passages Wednesday Night 3/4 -- Join our great volunteer facilitators. Come have dinner, meet new friends, and learn about our discussion topic for the evening.

Passages Wednesday Night 3/11 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Passages 10th Annual Prom -- Mark your calendars! 10th Annual Prom is planned for May 9th. Stay tuned for more info!

KUTAK ROCK: Attorney Michelle Fox Says Law Firm Is Based on Equality and Transparency
by: Andrea Martin

The view from Two Pershing Square is incredible.

From the building at 23rd and Main Street, the Kansas City, Mo., skyline rises up from the windows in room after room. It's all there, from the iconic Western Auto sign to the majestic Kauffman Center.

"You can really feel the depth and history of the city," says Michelle Fox, an attorney with Kutak Rock, LLP.

She takes us on a tour of the company's offices on the eighth floor, showing us rooms that take full advantage of the view. But Kutak Rock believes that these views shouldn't be saved for corner offices. In fact, the firm doesn't have any corner offices.

The entire floor plan for their Kansas City location is open - transparent to all who walk by. Employees who have their own offices have clear glass walls, which several have used as surfaces for diagrams and notes written in dry-erase markers. It's almost as if you can see into their trains of thought.

Any premium space is reserved for communal uses.

"Everyone is equal here," says Fox, who has been with the company for four years.

The full article can be found online at http://campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=2357.

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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