December 2014

Passages -- Looking Back

Passages November -- Passages November yielded more space progress as we look to complete this great project. The chalkboard wall is broken in and ready for years of new art projects and educational presentations. A newly donated flat panel TV is situated and a new 92" long table, ready for many meals and discussions, is in place. What's left and how can you help? We have a packet detailing what items we're looking for available here. You can make a one-time or recurring donation using the links to the right to help us complete the purchase of couches, end tables and other remaining items. The board and youth of Passages look forward to the grand re-opening of this renovated space -- and the years of great use ahead.

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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 12/17 with the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project - KCAVP will be onsite and Passages volunteers will make a great meal. Tonight's topic: Heart Art: Empowerment through Healing!

Passages Wednesday Night 12/24 - Closed for Christmas Eve

Passages Wednesday Night 12/31 - Closed for New Year's Eve

Passages Wednesday Night 1/7 -- Join our great volunteer facilitators. Come have dinner, meet new friends, and learn about our discussion topic for the evening.

Passages Wednesday Night 1/14 - with Grinder's Pizza -- Visit Passages this evening for a great night with donated pizza from Grinders. Open to youth ages 14-20.

Mandi Rudd-Arnold Specializes In Promotional Goodies
by: Andrea Martin

Photo credit: Landon Vonderschmidt

Mandi Rudd Arnold isn't just the CEO of her own promotional products company. She's a master of professional and personal branding.

Arnold has almost 20 years of experience in advertising, and she brings that knowledge to Brand Candy Marketing ( Its logo is a nostalgic, rainbow-colored lollipop.

"The idea behind it is that when you give somebody a tangible piece of your brand, you want it to evoke some kind of emotion, and trigger a positive response. So it seemed the most logical logo would be a swirly lollipop, because there's nothing more fun than a swirly lollipop," Arnold says with a smile.

Arnold, who is easy to talk to, genuine and welcoming, embodies the spirit of her logo. She also has a lot of passion for her business.

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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