May 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages April -- Passages' made a big splash at the 2014 AIDS Walk Kansas City event. Our board was onsite to answer questions and let the community know our continued mission to provide health and education resources for LGBT youth. Did you know that Passages is a beneficiary of the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City, supporting our work educating youth about HIV and STIs as well as making onsite free testing accessible? We always appreciate when you help tell Passages' story to friends and colleagues - espeically the support we receive from the AIDS Service Foundation!

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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
Amanda Green - Cerner
Damon Jones - Cerner
Sara Wood - People's Bank

Passages -- Upcoming Events

Passages Wednesday Night 5/14 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Passages 10th Annual Prom 5/17 -- Neon Paradise -- Mark your calendars for Saturday May 17th from 6:00 to 11pm for Passages' 10th Annual Prom event. Free, with dinner included, and open to ages 14-20. Bring a Photo ID and read the Facebook event page for more details!

Passages Wednesday Night 5/21 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project - KCAVP will be onsite and Passages volunteers will make a great meal. Learn about healthy relationships, online dating safety, and other great discussion topics.

Passages Wednesday Night 5/28 - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge.

Passages Wednesday Night 6/4 with Synergy Services -- Synergy Services brings pizza and presents relevant and timely content. Come have dinner and get engaged.

Passages Wednesday Night 6/11 -- Grinders Pizza -- 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.

Mother and Son Share a Business Savvy
by Andrea Martin

Belinda Manos and Zachary Manos are a dynamic duo. Between her passion for the LGBT community and his entrepreneurial spirit, this mother-and-son pair have a lot to offer Kansas City.

Belinda Manos is a dedicated employee at Morgan Miller Plumbing. When she was asked to do networking for Morgan Miller, her first thought was to try something that was LGBT-focused. Zachary Manos had come out to his parents at a young age, and she says, "I wanted to go someplace that meant something to me." Her search led her to the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Zachary Manos focuses his energy on his raw, organic, vegan chocolate company, Manifest Chocolates. He does his best to source everything locally, from the ingredients to the labels, and he says it is important to him to "create good, tasty vegan products that are still affordable."

The full article can be found online at

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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