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Program Development/AYS

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katelynn williams

on 6 May 2014

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Mission Statement
Authentic Youth Services (AYS) is an organization that implores interventions, education, and support systems that work to decrease health related risks for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as bullying, isolation, substance abuse, and contracting sexually transmitted infections. Within the context of today’s complex societal tradition, there can be difficulties in reconciling the dissonance of abiding by what might be expected by your family and peers while remaining true to your identity as LGBT. At AYS, our broad goal is to facilitate authenticity among LGBT youth. In this sense, authenticity means finding common ground between what is expected of you on the outside, what you know to be real on the inside, and what this integrated vision can mean for your future prosperity. We believe this to be achieved through: helping to eliminate the stigma and negative stereotypes associated with identifying as LGBT as an adolescent, offering support and empowering adolescents in the transition of identifying as LGBT, and increasing participant’s knowledge of healthy living and coping mechanisms.
Program Justification
There is a great need for support and mental health services in the LGBT community among adolescents. The American association of Suicidology states that LGBT youth are three to four more times likely to experience depression and contemplate suicide. A New Zealand birth cohort study (Fergusson et al., 1999), found that elevated rates of reported suicide attempts in youth who identified as LGBT were associated with significantly higher rates of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and conduct disorder than were observed among heterosexual youth. The groups targeted for outreach through this project are among the most under served in the LGBT community. Services to include: LGBT stigma breakdown through school outreach, support through numerous facets, mental health resources, STD prevention and risk factor screening and prevention. Risk factors for suicide rates in LGBT youth include: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, discrimination, homophobia, violence, self-esteem issues, societal attitudes, family, religion and school bullying. For these reasons and more, the project is crucial to the LGBTQ adolescents of this community.
If the project were not undertaken, LGBT youth are at continuous risk for depression and suicidal tendencies. They may not be able to get adequate STD prevention and family support in their own communities and the cycle of stigma in the LGBT community amongst their peers may not cease. Ryan et al. (2009) found that family acceptance was important for LGBT youth; in fact, LGBTQ youth who experienced severe family rejection were more than 8 times more likely to report having attempted suicide compared with peers from families with little or no rejection.

Goals & Objectives of Authentic Youth Services (AYS)
Goals & Objectives of Authentic Youth Services (AYS)
Goals & Objectives of Authentic Youth Services (AYS)
To eliminate the stigma and negative stereotypes associated with identifying as LGBT as an adolescent.
To offer support and empower adolescents in the transition of identifying as LGBT.
To increase participant’s knowledge of healthy living and coping mechanisms.
At least 80% of adolescent student’s between the educational years of 7th-12th grade will participate in a breaking down LGBT stigma and empathy based anti-bullying module occurring on a bi-annual basis for the next 2 years.
Implementation of a peace builder curriculum/program with 10-20% of student involvement over the next 2 years. The program aims to “reduce aggression and transform the climate and culture of any environment to one which is cooperative, productive, and academically successful.”
To offer crisis support chat and text messaging support to 4-10% of the adolescent population reached out to for the next 2 years.
Outcome: Increase awareness and empathy for the challenges faced by LGBT students, and 2) building the skills of students to connect and communicate with respect.
A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBT young people can text or instant message a trained counselor for support and crisis intervention.
To establish a mutually beneficial “Big brother/sister” peer mentorship relationship between 100% of our participants, those questioning their sexual identity and those who openly identify.
At least 70% of clients will participate in STI prevention, screening, and treatment if applicable over the course of 6 months.
At least 50% of participants will participate in drug prevention and exploration of alternative coping mechanisms over the course of 3 months.
Thank you!
Outcome: utilization and expansion of digital platforms for maximum visibility and engagement.
Additional Services
3rd Party interventions
Authentic Youth Services will conduct culturally competent third-party interventions for young people participants who feel uncomfortable with “coming out” on their own.
The purpose of this type of intervention is to ensure that the “coming out” process is met with a greater deal of understanding and integration on behalf of the parents, as well as, a greater feeling of acknowledgment and internal acceptance on the part of the person coming out.
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