L.Y.F.E. - LGBT YOUTH FINDING EXCELLENCE
Strong Mentors + Advocacy + Education = Successful LGBT Youth
Our formula is simple, but if you are an LGBT youth, your path isn’t so simple. Many LGBT youth in school, communities, foster care, in juvenile facilities, and living on street face unspeakable hardships. For many the act of coming out could literally death or the torture of conversion therapy, even more youth are out of their homes due to abuse, neglect, and out of school due to bullying. While gay and transgender teens make up only 5 to 7 percent of the total youth population, they represent an estimated 13 to 15 percent of the population of young people involved with the nation’s juvenile justice system. ~Juvenile Justice: Advancing the Research, Policy, and Practice~ Epsilon Xi Gamma, Inc. is committed to advocacy and mentoring for OUR youth, to give them a chance at a future and become the leaders we need.
How the program works
Step 1: Self-Identification & Recommendation
Youth from inner city schools, foster care, juvenile, or out of home are given the opportunity to volunteer for our program or can be assigned to fulfill community service. Counselors, parents, guardians, foster parents wanting a positive direction are welcome to reach out for more information.
Step 2: Intervention
LGBT youth are given the opportunity or assigned in other cases (counselors and agencies) to our program, meant to give LGBT youth a positive outlook and options for handling life’s unique challenges.
Step 3: Workshops & Volunteering
Completion of workshops on topics unique to OUR youth’s success , as well as volunteer opportunities in the LGBT community that give youth a new outlook.
Step 4: A Way OUT!
Youth completing the program are introduced to colleges, career choices, and scholarship opportunities to begin down a path of success.
If you’re an LGBT youth in need of assistance CONTACT us. Take the first step in reclaiming your life, creating survival and success for you!