Authored by Maria Drummond, SLCo Youth Services Recreation Therapist
The Salt Lake County Youth Services LGBTQ Advocates committee toured the Utah Pride Center last week. We are so impressed with their staff and facility and excited to be strengthening our ties with this excellent community resource center!
For the last several years, Youth Services has had a booth set up at Utah Pride Center’s annual Pride Festival. At the 2015 Pride Festival, we encouraged visitors to participate in an art project, celebrating the strength of community. Participants each created a small art piece expressing themselves as individual parts of a larger community. Below is the finished product, designed and created by residents at Crisis Residential, a 24-48 hour shelter placement for youth who are in crisis or need a Safe Place.
The Utah Pride Center is one of many locations where youth can access Youth Services’ Safe Place program. Youth can receive Safe Place services through the Utah Pride Center by making it known to Pride Center staff that they need some support in creating more immediate safety in their lives. Pride Center staff can then contact Youth Services so that the youth can speak directly with a crisis counselor, or even request overnight care should they not feel safe returning to their home right away.
The Utah Pride Center is brimming with resources, support groups, and other programs for LGBTQ folks and their allies. Check out all the great things they are doing at www.utahpridecenter.org.