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Top priority: Providing safe spaces for more than 900 annual youth participants ranging in age from 10 to 21. That includes a total of 52 Friday night group events that allowed participants to have fun with their peers in a safe, sober, and affirming environment. Additional events also include activities such as board-game night and photography night. Guest speakers included more than a dozen presenters who volunteered their time and expertise to speak on a variety of topics ranging from safe sex, healthy relationships, mental health, LGBTQ+ History, career preparation, and civic involvement. In a typical year, the program distributes nearly half a ton of foodstuffs to participants experiencing varying levels of food insecurity.
Making your donation via Paypal is the simplest method to ensure that you have an immediate record and receipt for tax purposes.“We so appreciate your financial support!” – Board of Directors
Operating expenses during 2018 totaled $4,500. Approximately $600 (13%) was required for physical meeting space in Albuquerque. The remaining $3,900 went towards program expenses themselves, primarily food for the participants as well as art supplies, admission to local theaters and events, as well as general materials for activities. All U-21 Staff and Facilitators are volunteers.
Partners and Donors
U-21 does not go it alone. Whenever a participant’s need is identified that could be better served by another LGBTQ+ organization, our Facilitators are quick to make referrals. Our list of partners include the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRCNM), MPower, and CasaQ,
During 2018, the U-21 program received a $2,000 grant from the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, a $5,000 grant from the Sandia National Laboratories Foundation, and approximately $6,296 in funding from individual donors, local people, and businesses.
How we Help
* At 16, you finally have the courage to tell your parents you are gay. After a horrible fight, you get kicked out of the house. A couple of days later, a friend who you were staying with brings you to U-21, and after talking to a Facilitator, you get connected with a temporary housing option.