August 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages July -- The amount of progress made in the past month is incredible! Our dedicated board and motivated volunteers have spray painted the ceilings, prepped, patched, and cut-in the walls, and rolled a great first coat of bright bold color! Take a look at our Facebook page for up-to-date photos and progres. Next up is a final rolled coat of paint and then on to flooring.

Want to help refresh our space? Make a donation using the links to the right! A great group of employees from PGi in Johnson County, KS hosted a bake sale recently and raised $650.00 for Passages. Want to learn about hosting your own fundraiser? Email us at

Have you signed up? Passages is continuing the campaign to sign-up 50 supporters who donate $20/month. Visit 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 8/13 - with Grinder's Pizza and Good Samaritan Project -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20. Special guests from Good Samaritan Project will also be at Passages to talk about safer sex and answer questions.

Passages Wednesday Night 8/20 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 8/27 - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge.

Passages Wednesday Night 9/3 -- with Synergy Services -- Synergy Services brings pizza and presents relevant and timely content. Come have dinner and get engaged.

Passages Wednesday Night 9/10 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Paul Passig Helps Create Memorable Events
by Andrea Martin

Photo credit: Landon Vonderschmidt

When it comes to hospitality, Paul Passig can do just about anything. He's the food and beverage manager at the Hotel Phillips, 106 W. 12th St., in Kansas City, Mo., but his true passion is decorating for and setting up events. Whether he's representing the hotel on-site or off-site, Passig has a lot of enthusiasm for his work and his employer.

"Hotel Phillips is amazing. The property is outstanding, the restaurant is great." Passig says. "The best part of my job is the freedom of creation. I get to look at a space and say, 'Let's try some giant chess pieces.' And then I buy chess pieces and make cool things. I'm a very lucky guy."

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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