Today on The Morning DROP we had Jessie from Inside Out Youth Services call in today for a Therapy Tuesday session regarding the tragedy in Colorado Springs at Club Q.
Jessie is a queer activist, poet, and community organizer committed to the liberation of LGBTIA2+ young people. She is charged with mobilizing resources, people, community, policy, and strategy to build access, equity, and power with LGBTQIA2+ young people. She is also responsible for making sure there are ample opportunities to dance.
Inside Out Youth Services is the only nonprofit in the Pikes Peak region dedicated to serving LGBTQIA2+ young people, ages 13-24. At the Inside Out community center, youth may access a food pantry and clothing closet, evidence-based programs that cover everything from comprehensive sexual education to life skills, leadership and social opportunities, and a network of trusted adults. Out in the community, the Inside Out team offers trainings, advocacy, hot-spot mapping and other services to ensure LGBTQIA2+ youth have safe spaces across the region.
Pikes Peak Safe at Schools Coalition: Educators, parents, students, activists, working to make schools safer for youth.Intro to LGBTQIA2+: Training on the basics of LGBTQIA2+ identities and how to be supportive.
Trusted Adult training: Helping adults learn how to have difficult conversations with young people.
Hot Spot Mapping: A state-certified practice that maps safe and unsafe areas of a building or a community.
Advocacy: When an issue comes up publicly that affects our LGBTQIA2+ community for better or worse, we organize and advocate around it. Includes policy consultation, rallies, open letters, and other advocacy actions.
GSA support: Through presentations, resource sharing, and networking, Inside Out supports local Gender-Sexuality Alliances, Pride Clubs, Diversity Clubs, and other LGBTQIA2+ student groups.
TransParenting: A monthly support and advocacy group for parents of transgender and gendernon-conforming children of any age.
Learn more about IOYS at their website at: https://insideoutys.org/
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