October 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages September -- The past month was very good to Passages. Just last week we held a Charity Bingo event at Hamburger Mary's, giving away some amazing donated prizes from FitBits to bluetooth speakers to gift cards from generous local businesses. All told, we raised over $1300 in 10 rounds of bingo! We also have some very exciting news on our AIDS Service Foundation grant application -- stay tuned by liking us on Facebook.

We have the new flooring down and are wrapping up some finish detail before starting on furnishing the updated space! Want to help speed up the furniture acquisition? We have a packet detailing what items we're looking for and are happy to share. Or you can 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
Damon Jones - Cerner
Sara Wood - People's Bank

Passages Wednesday Night 10/15 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project - KCAVP will be onsite and Passages volunteers will make a great meal. Tonight's topic: LGBTQ Myth Busting!

Passages Wednesday Night 10/22 - If I Had a Trillion Dollars (IHTD) - Join the Passages' volunteers for a great dinner. Make new friends, access Passages numerous resources, and hang out in the lounge. Tonight we'll have very special guests from the If I Had a Trillion Dollars project -- learn more on our Facebook event. We're very excited to share this opportunity!

Passages Wednesday Night 10/29 - If I Had a Trillion Dollars (IHTD) part 2 -- Join our great facilitators, mentors, and youth for an engaging discussion. Come have dinner at Passages and our guests from the If I Had a Trillion Dollar project will return!

Passages Wednesday Night 11/5 -- Join our great volunteer facilitators. Come have dinner, meet new friends, and learn about our discussion topic for the evening.

Passages Wednesday Night 11/12 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Sen. Jolie Justus Hopes Her Next Stop in Politics is City Council
by: Andrea Martin

Photo credit: Landon Vonderschmidt

It's a busy weekday at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., and Missouri State Sen. Jolie Justus is in her element.

"It's weird to become a train buff at age 40, but that's when it started for me. ..." Justus says. "Three years ago, I made the switch from driving to Jefferson City to taking the weekly commute by Amtrak, and I just fell in love with it. I love riding trains, watching trains -- it's like medicine for me. You start to also realize how incredibly important trains are to the history of the city, and how, to this day, itís still such a vital, important industry."

Justus' passion extends to Kansas City itself, where she was born and where she graduated from UMKC with her law degree. She has represented the city for the last eight years as a state senator in Jefferson City and for the last two years as the Senate minority leader. The Democrat, who is openly lesbian, has been a tireless advocate for equality in Missouri, and she's also made important strides in other areas.

The full article can be found online at http://campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=2280.

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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