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Organizational Support

The following organizations have contributed time and efforts into making Youth First Texas a safe, healthy, educational place for youth across North Texas by providing their services and guidance.

AIDS Arms, Inc. – “AIDS Arms, Inc. assists individuals in accessing the health care, resources and support necessary to successfully manage the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS.”
http://www.aidsarms.org/

AIDS Interfaith Network – “AIDS Interfaith Network is a multicultural, not-for-profit, faith-based HIV/AIDS organization that provides direct care services to meet practical, emotional and spiritual needs and prevention programs for individuals, groups and communities.”
http://www.aidsinterfaithnetwork.org/

Cathedral of Hope – “The mission of Cathedral of Hope is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion.”
http://www.cathedralofhope.com/

Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance – “The mission of the Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance is to advocate equal civil rights, achieve full participation in society and promote dignity and respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals by providing education, political awareness and social interaction.”
http://www.ccgla.org/

Dallas County Community College District – “Dallas County Community College District provides educational opportunities without regard race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.”
http://www.dcccd.edu/

Dallas Independent School District – Youth and Family Center – “Youth and Family Centers were created through a partnership to promote and ensure physical and mental health care, as well as other services to children and their families.”
http://www.dallasisd.org/inside_disd/depts/yafc

Dallas County Juvenile Department – “The mission of the Dallas County Juvenile Department is to assist referred youth in becoming productive, law-abiding citizens while promoting public safety and victim restoration.”
http://www.dallascounty.org/department/juvenile

The Elisa Project – “The Elisa Project is a non-profit organization that promotes healthy living and awareness of the signs of disordered eating through educational programs and resources.”
http://www.theelisaproject.org/

Equality Texas Foundation – “Equality Texas works toward the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. We do this through research, education and lobbying directed toward the Texas Legislature and other state governmental agencies.”
http://www.equalitytexas.org/

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) – “The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”
http://www.glsen.org/

Gender Education, Advocacy and Resources - “A program of the Resource Center of Dallas, GEAR supports the transgender community, families and allies who wish to promote an understanding of gender identity and expression.”
http://www.resourcecenterdallas.org/

Human Rights Campaign – “As the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.”

http://www.hrc.org/

Lambda Legal – “Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.”
http://www.lambdalegal.org/

Legacy Counseling – “The mission of Legacy is to provide affordable and quality mental health care, counseling and emotional support to people in the North Texas Area who are impacted by HIV and AIDS.”

http://www.legacycounseling.com/

National Education Association – Dallas - “The mission of NEA-Dallas is to unify education professionals, students, parents and the community to ensure a great public school for every child.”

http://www.neadallas.org/

Out & Equal – “Out & Equal’s mission is to educate and empower organizations, human resource professionals, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and individual employees through programs and services that result in equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics.”
http://www.outandequal.org/

Resource Center of Dallas – “The mission of the Resource Center of Dallas is to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) and North Texas communities by providing: support to GLBT individuals; health, HIV and social services; and education and advocacy.”
http://www.resourcecenterdallas.org/

SPECTRUM – “SPECTRUM, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight organization, has a three-fold purpose: social, educational, and political. The primary goal is to foster a place where all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, can speak openly about their concerns and help play a part in the fight for equality for the gay, lesbian and bisexual community.”
http://people.smu.ed/spectrum/

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas – “Stonewall Democrats of Dallas registers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voters and ensure GLBT turnout in elections to support GLBT-friendly Democrats.”
http://www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org/

Texas Gay-Straight Alliance Network – “Texas Gay-Straight Alliance Network connects school-based Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources, with the purpose of empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.”
http://www.texasgsa.org/

TransYouth Family Allies – “TFYA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. Our vision is a society free of suicide and violence in which ALL children are respected and celebrated.”
http://www.imatyfa.org/

Valiente – “The mission of Valiente is to mobilize the Dallas/Fort Worth Latina/o GLBT to foster pride, promote community building and involvement, and increase advocacy.”
http://www.valiente.org/

Women’s Center of Southern Methodist University – “The Women’s Center of Southern Methodist University empowers women and men on campus through educational programming and leadership opportunities designed to increase awareness on gender equity issues. Through advocacy, information, and referral services, the Women’s Center provides a safe haven for students struggling with issues of injustice and oppression.”
http://www.smu.edu/womenscenter/