July 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages June -- Our Board has embarked on an exciting effort to refresh the Passages space! Now months in planning, the team spent last Saturday clearing the space down to just walls and floors. Checkout our Facebook page to stay up to date with pictures and progress. Next we will be painting the space, putting in new flooring, reconfiguring and updating furniture to adapt to how our youth engage with Passages. Little things like charging stations and a smaller computer lab will adjust for more youth who bring their own iDevices, tablets, and ultrabooks and give Passages better utilized space for programming. We always appreciate when you help tell Passages' story to friends and colleagues. Want to help refresh our space? Make a donation using the links to the right!

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

Passages Wednesday Night 7/16 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 7/23 - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge.

Passages Wednesday Night 7/30 -- with KC CARE Clinic -- 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. KC CARE Clinic will be onsite providing STI and health education information as well as access to free testing services.

Passages Wednesday Night 8/6 -- with Synergy Services -- Synergy Services brings pizza and presents relevant and timely content. Come have dinner and get engaged.

John Chaszar Offers a Peek Into the Gambling Industry
by Andrea Martin

Everyone knows that Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa offers slots, blackjack and poker. But according to John Chaszar, vice president and general manager, they're not the most popular attractions at the 258-room hotel. "The showers are, by far, the most common thing people write down on our comment cards. They're the most amazing part of the hotel."

His career began in the hospitality business, and he entered the gaming industry in 2001. Along the way, he worked on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on a riverboat. "Whenever the height of the river changed, you would have to adjust your boarding platform," Chaszar says. But that sounds simple compared to the requirements in Missouri state law for gaming.

Argosy's gaming floor is suspended above six feet of water, held steady by a series of metal rods and inflatable bags. The gaming floor is indeed floating, even if the rest of the complex is not.

The full article can be found online at http://campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=2246.

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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