December 2013

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages November -- Have you seen our Greater KC High School LGBT Inclusion Scorecard? We took on a small project to bring transparency about the state of local school non-discrimination policies and presence of Gay Straight Alliances. Take a look and take action with resources from the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, the Missouri Gay Straight Alliance Network, and GLSEN of Greater Kansas City. We are also very excited to have received a donation from the Missouri Gay Rodeo Association in November and contribution from the KC Pioneers in early December. Both are long-time supporters and their financial support help ensure Passages' continues to serve LGBT youth in Kansas City. We look forward to continuing our momentum and always appreciate when you help tell Passages' story to friends and colleagues.

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

Passages Wednesday Night 12/18 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project & Missouri Gay Rodeo Association -- KCAVP will be onsite and the Missouri Gay Rodeo will be cooking up a fantastic free Holiday meal. Mark your calendars, bring your friends, and celebrate the season with our Passages' family. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Passages Wednesday Night 12/25 - Closed for the Holiday.

Passages Wednesday Night 1/1 - Closed for Holiday.

Passages Wednesday Night 1/11 -- 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.

Hallquist Champions Diversity as VP of Hallmark Corporate Foundation
by Erin Canty

Carol Hallquist leads the card giant's Corporate Foundation, with diversity, grant making, volunteer programs, sustainability, the Hallmark Visitor's Center, and the children's center, Kaleidoscope all falling under her purview. Despite her full plate, Hallquist ensures diversity and community engagement remain priority for the organization, and her personal endeavors.

"When you work with a diverse group of people on a project where you all have a common end goal, that's when the best things happen," she said.

Read more about Hallquist, her surprising path to this position, and how Hallmark's reaping the rewards of a partnership with the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

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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