The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do. The following blogs are focused on our commitment to supporting the well-being and safety of the LGBTQ+ community.
The YMCA of San Diego County recently had the privilege of attending the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Time to Thrive conference in Anaheim, CA.
On January 7, 2019, the YMCA’s Our Safe Place program hosted the first-ever professional development training on LGBTQ student education, awareness, and support for more than 1,000 Escondido Unified School District (EUSD) teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers, and nurses.
This letter was written by a participant in the Y’s Our Safe Place (OSP) program - a certified outpatient behavioral health program that provides a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBTQ youth ages 12-21, and their families. They chose to share their story to advocate for a youth camp for LGBTQ+ youth.