- Q: Can I attend a YO meeting with my child? Do I have to bring a parent?
- Q: How do I talk to my child about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues?
- Q: How do I know if a meeting is cancelled?
- Q: Can parents enter the building at the end of the meeting?
- Q: Can youth come to a meeting if they don’t identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?
- Q: Can you recommend other local resources?
- Q: How do you recruit volunteers and group facilitators?
Q: Can I attend a YO meeting with my child? Do I have to bring a parent?A: No. Youth OUTright was created to be a safe space for youth ages 14-20 only. They need a space that is confidential, welcoming and based on a peer-only model. This is a social environment in which LGBTQ child can flourish. We encourage you to positively communicate at home regarding LGBTQ issues, because it is important for them to have a clear, open line of communication between parents and children.
Q: How do I talk to my child about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues?A: We encourage open, balanced discussions at home at a time that’s right for you. Remember to listen with an open mind, ask questions to understand, and don’t be offended if your child or parent doesn’t communicate everything to you immediately. If you feel uncomfortable talking to your child or parent at home, try making an appointment with a local mediation center or getting together with a member of PFLAG or Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (http://pflag-chapter-map.herokuapp.com/) together as a family.
Q: How do I know if a meeting is cancelled?A: We will change the meeting status on the meeting schedule on the website, post an announcement on our Facebook account, and tweet. Unless we can help it, meetings will never be cancelled, but it is a good idea to sign up for meeting updates via Twitter or check the web site frequently.
Q: Can parents enter the building at the end of the meeting?A: No. In order to respect the privacy and confidentiality of the youth attending the meeting, we ask parents, guardians and others providing transportation to please wait outside in their cars until the meeting is over. Sunday meetings end at 6:00 p.m.
Q: Can youth come to a meeting if they don’t identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?A: Yes. We encourage all questioning youth and straight allies to attend.
Q: How do you recruit volunteers and group facilitators?A: Volunteers are recruited on an ongoing basis. All volunteers must fill out a volunteer form and have a brief informal phone interview with the Volunteer Coordinator or the Executive Director. Youth meeting facilitators must complete a volunteer form, have a brief informal phone, attend an orientation session, and are subject to an official background check.