Wesley and Hagen were YO’s youth representatives at the 2015 Creating Change Conference in Denver.  Who will be our ambassadors for Creating Change 2016?  It could be you!

Click here for the fact sheet and application or email laurie.pitts@youthoutright.org Creating Change will be an experience you won’t soon forget.  All expenses paid courtesy of the Amy Mandel-Katina Rodis Fund and other YO supporters!




By Youth OUTright WNC, Inc

Meeting Schedule:

Contact Laurie Pitts, Programs Director at laurie.pitts@youthoutright.org or 828.785.3621 for more information about meetings and other YO activities and events.
 Sunday youth meetings are 4:00 – 6:00 at First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC), 20 Oak Street in downtown Asheville, unless otherwise indicated. Youth ages 14 – 20 are welcome to attend Sunday meetings. Youth ages 11 – 13 are welcomed to attend the monthly meeting of the YOYO’s (Youth Outright Young Ones).
Directions: When facing the red doors at the front of the church take the long sidewalk to the door with a handicap access button.  Push the button and take the stairs to the top floor.

Sunday bus service now available in Asheville.  Click to review the schedule.


Group Topics for October 2015

(Including Middle School Group & Franklin Youth Group)

November 1st – The State of YO!

  • For this meeting, we will be joined by Youth Outright Board members who will lead discussions with youth around the future of YO.  Youth will discuss what they would like to see from YO in the future and in which directions they would like to see YO grow.

November 8th – Finding Your Voice and How to Use It!

  • We will have Joshua Bledsoe from Blue Ridge Community College as a guest facilitator for this  group.  Through activities, Josh will work with youth to help you identify your own authentic voices along with effective techniques to help ensure that those voices are heard loud and clear.   

November 15th – Movie Night – The Normal Heart

November 22nd – Here Come the Holidays:  Self-Care  

  • Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful.  Especially for LGBTQ youth.  We will be discussing coping skills and other ways to take care of ourselves with a house full of relatives and family friends.

 November 29th – Field Trip to Visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt

·         We will meet at the Renaissance Hotel (31 Woodfin Street) and tour the AIDS Memorial Quilt.


Franklin Youth Group Meeting

Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, NC 28734

Monday, November 2, 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Movie Night – Prayers for Bobby

·         This film is about the true story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.  Click here for a clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN_7aJuRZd8

YOYO’s (Middle School) Discussion Group

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801


Saturday, November 21, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Creative Writing Exercises

  • This meeting will include several writing prompts and activities to spark discussion and storytelling.  There will be opportunities to share your writing with the group, but sharing is completely optional.



By Youth OUTright WNC, Inc