September 2013


Passages -- Looking Back

Passages August -- Welcome Back to School! The Board of Passages' is very excited to share a revised mission and vision statement. Over the past few months, the team has worked diligently to capture exactly what Passages' does for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans* youth community in Kansas City. What other strategic initiatives are we working on? The board is working towards a revamped iconographic logo and we have recently implemented an outcome tracking process to understand how Passages' youth health knowledge, job status, and family relationships change over their visits. Our board remains very excited about our progress and invites you to help us talk about our mission and efforts to your colleagues, friends, and family.

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 HIV-negative 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.

Have you signed up? Passages is continuing the campaign to sign-up 50 community members willing to 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!





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.

www.kcpassages.org

Or, share our newsletter,
tell your friends and colleagues
about Passages' mission
in our community.
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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 9/11 -- Grinder's Pizza & Good Samaritan Project -- 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. Good Samaritan Project will be onsite with health information relevant to LGBT youth as well as an option for free testing services at Passages.



Passages Wednesday Night 9/18 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 9/25 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 10/2 with Synergy Services -- Synergy Services brings pizza and presents relevant and timely content. Come have dinner and get engaged.


Passages Wednesday Night 10/9 -- Grinder's Pizza & Good Samaritan Project -- 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.Good Samaritan Project will be onsite with health information relevant to LGBT youth as well as an option for free testing services at Passages.



 

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