10/10/2020 — National Coming Out Day! KYC is proud to celebrate the LGBTQ+ Community every day as we honor and support all people as they live as their authentic selves. October 10th also marks the one year anniversary of KYC’s LGBTQ+ Center creating community for youth and young adults identifying as LGBTQ+.
Developed to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults to connect, learn, and engage with one another, the LGBTQ+ Center has spent the last year supporting hundreds of youth and families across the northwest suburbs. From movie nights to socially-distant gatherings, Pride Parades to a monthly support group for Parents and Guardians of LGBTQ+ Youth, the Center builds bonds between people and offers opportunities for connection.
“I definitely love my job, my community, and my team. My favorite part of getting to create programs for LGBTQ+ people and their families is seeing the ways that caring for one person splinters into impacting a whole community” shared Donna Boguslavsky, LGBTQ+ Center Project Lead. “The Center exists as a place for marginalized people to feel whole, authentic, and valid.”
Even through the pandemic, the Center continues to collaborate with community partners to host virtual events, such as their Queer, Muslim, and in the Burbs panel and VIDA[X] Training Series which was in partnership with The Pinta Pride Project and The Human Rights Campaign.
Heading into its second year, the LGBTQ+ Center’s programming and impact continue to grow. The team has started a Youth Advisory Council to help guide and lead future programming, empowering youth to take an active role in developing the supports and activities that meet their interests, needs, and goals. In addition, peer groups are starting for middle school students, as well as a Spanish-speaking parents to provide customized support tailored to each group.
To get involved with the LGBTQ+ Center or to learn more about their programming, email LGBTQCenter@kennethyoung.org!
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