August 2013

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages July -- The Passages' board has been working very hard this summer and is looking forward to sharing some exciting news in the upcoming couple of months. One of the first will be a clear Passages' mission and vision statement. Keep watch on our Facebook page for details soon! Our facilitators have also been talking with the Passages' youth to learn what the name and brand "Passages" means. Words like home, comfortable, safe, educational, journey, all came to their minds and this will inform a brand evaluation process to refresh our logo and identity. Moreover, we are stepping closer to tracking not just demographic information but outcomes to understand how Passages' youth health knowledge, job status, and family relationships change over their visits. Our board is excited about our progress and invites you to help us talk about our efforts to your colleagues, friends, and family.

Have you signed up? Passages is continuing the campaign to sign-up 50 community members willing to donate $20/month. Visit 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.

Or, share our newsletter,
tell your friends and colleagues
about Passages' mission
in our community.
Join Our Email List

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
Amanda Green - Cerner
Sara Wood - People's Bank

Passages -- Upcoming Events

Passages Wednesday Night 8/14 -- Grinder's 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.

Passages Wednesday Night 8/21 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project -- KCAVP will be onsite and Passages volunteers will cook up a great meal. Learn about healthy relationships, online dating safety, and other great discussion topics.

Passages Wednesday Night 8/28 with the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association - Join the MGRA for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, hang out in the lounge, and maybe learn a bit about the rodeo.

Passages Wednesday Night 9/4 with Synergy Services -- Synergy Services brings pizza and presents relevant and timely content. Come have dinner and get engaged.

Passages Wednesday Night 9/11 -- Grinder's 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.

For more info about Passages visit:, or

What is Passages?

Passages is the Kansas City metro's only center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexed, and Ally youth (LGBTQIA) and is a 501c3 charitable organization. Operating now for 23 years, Passages offers a safe, hate-free, drug-free environment for ages 14-20 on Wednesday nights. Our volunteers are LGBT community members with diverse personal and professional backgrounds willing to share our experiences. Moreover, Passages has a wealth of unique resources, such as: our computer lab with filtered 'net access, an LGBT-focused library of books and current periodicals, health and clinic materials / referrals, access to partnering organizations to assist with at-risk situations (homelessness, hunger, abuse, etc.) -- resources not available in a traditional public-school classroom. We are operated exclusively by volunteers and supported by community donations.


 © Copyright 2013 Kansas City Passages