Wednesday, December 26, 2012

GLSEN Greater Cincinnati Youth Group Celebrates Its First Year!

From GLSEN Greater Cincinnati:

Youth Group is one year old this month!
It brings us much joy to say that GLSEN Greater Cincinnati Youth Group has been up and running for one year. It's been an exciting and rewarding process to get Youth Group off the ground and this year has been full of success, support, and the creation of a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allies. 
It has been a very special opportunity and privilege to witness the youth we serve grow as individuals, gain confidence, find social networks, and work through difficult life situations together. Throughout the year we've fostered an open and welcoming space for them to call their own. We've offered a wide range of programming ranging from “what does the Bible say about LGBTQ people” to a “transgender coming out panel.” We participated in GLSEN events like prom and walking in the Pride parade. 
Over the year the youth have reached out and offered their friendship to new group members embodying true acceptance. It has become evident throughout this year that safe spaces, like Youth Group, for LGBTQ youth and their allies are a vital resource that the Greater Cincinnati area needs. We look forward to the continued success and growth of Youth Group for many years to come!
Anne Delano Steinert and Kyle Holsinger-Johnson
Youth Group Co-Facilitators
Youth Group so far has:
Served almost 100 different youth,
averaged about 15 youth per meeting,
and served youth from more than 20 different schools in the area
Youth Group meets every Sunday at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian, 103 Wm. Howard Taft Road, from 3:00-5:30pm. It's open to all high school age youth.

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