October 2013

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages September -- After a month of welcoming back the new school year, the Passages' Board is excited to announce and reveal a new brand and logo that represents our mission and vision supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Kansas City. Let us know what you think of this updated look and stay tuned for the website facelift! Best yet, take a look at our updated mission and vision below -- share with your family, friends and colleagues.

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!

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Passages is transparent about its
budget, operating on ~$1,000 per month.


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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 10/16 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 10/23 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 10/30 with KC CARE Clinic -- - The KC CARE clinic will be onsite to provide health education and testing resources relevant to LGBT youth. Come have dinner at Passages, meet new friends, and learn about health topics.

Passages Wednesday Night 11/6 with Synergy Services -- Synergy Services brings pizza and presents relevant and timely content. Come have dinner and get engaged.

Passages Wednesday Night 11/13 -- 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.

Cerner Supports LGBT Employees
by Andrea Martin

Cerner Corporation has enjoyed a great deal of success, and Crystal Denson is a part of that. As the operations manager for Cerner's cloud technology division, she works with clients to provide fully delivered remote hosting solutions. Denson is well-spoken, kind, and enthusiastic about her work - and she can't say enough good things about how Cerner treats its LGBT employees.

"The fact that we have benefits available to us as GLBT associates is nice - that's an added bonus. But the fact we're supported and recognized is the key part." Denson says. That's just one of the reasons the Chamber is proud to partner with Cerner.

The full article can be found online at http://www.campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=2117.

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 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.


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