November 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages October -- Fall is here with an eye to winter's early appearance in the week ahead. Passages October came with exciting news from the AIDS Service Foundation - a grant award! Additionally, we partnered with the If I Had a Trillion Dollars project to offer a unique programming opportunity to our youth to think about budgeting, role of government, and their civic influence -- all helping our youth become empowered members of our community.

The space renovation is also making quick progress -- flooring is finished and we are ready to start furnishing. Want to help with the furniture acquisition? We have a packet detailing what items we're looking for available here. 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 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 11/19 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 11/26 - Closed for Thanksgiving

Passages Wednesday Night 12/3 -- Join our great volunteer facilitators. Come have dinner, meet new friends, and learn about our discussion topic for the evening.

Passages Wednesday Night 12/10 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Lance Pierce of Hallmark Cards Talks About Innovation at Work and at Home
by: Andrea Martin

Photo credit: Landon Vonderschmidt

"I knew I wanted to be in business from the day I was born," Lance Pierce says. His instinct seems to be spot-on.

Pierce, who is an Innovation Leader at Hallmark Inc., started out selling melons grown on his family farm. His business adventures grew beyond the farm into a lawn-mowing business, a venture into catering, and eventually into a degree in business and marketing from the University of Missouri.

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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