Uniting Pride offers online, virtual youth resources

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CHAMPAIGN — The Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County’s Pride Youth Program is offering online resources for youth during the coronavirus pandemic.

From the Facebook post:

Hello Pride Program friends and partners,

I hope all of you are staying well and finding some small moments of joy during this difficult time! While Youth Services has closed our physical space for the time being, we will continue to offer virtual opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth to connect, build community, and support each other.

I know there are many of our youth who often rely on school-based and peer supports, and some of those may be lacking right now. I hope you will share these resources widely with any youth who could benefit. While we are adapting to our new virtual community, we may send more frequent communications to make sure everyone stays up to date.

Please see below for this week’s program offerings; RSVPs are *required* for all remote programming. We will be conducting all of our remote groups via Zoom, which is a pretty user friendly video software. Participants will need to download the app on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can always find the latest information about our programming, including RSVP links, online at http://bit.ly/prideeventsandinfo. Any questions or concerns about our new virtual community can be directed to me via email (Lizzy.Appleby@ysgn.org) or phone (847.724.2620 x121).

Friday 3/20
4:00-5:30pm: Connect with Pride – LGBTQ+ 9th-12th graders are invited for this video-based drop-in

Monday 3/23
4:00-5:00pm: Gaming with Pride – LGBTQ+ 4th-7th graders are invited to play online games with us, starting with Uno!
5:00-6:00pm: Gaming with Pride – LGBTQ+ 8th-12th graders are invited to play online games with us, starting with Uno!

Tuesday 3/24
4:00-5:00pm: Fruit Loops Last Group (invite only – Jess will send a specific email to these families)

Wednesday 3/25
4:00-5:00pm: Create with Pride – LGBTQ+ 4th-7th graders are invited to join us for some collective remote creating
5:00-6:00pm: Trans & Nonbinary Process Group Check-In (invite only – Gus & Caro will send a specific link to these youth)

Thursday 3/26
4:00-5:00pm: Create with Pride – LGBTQ+ 8th graders are invited to join us for some collective remote creating

On behalf of the entire Pride Youth Program staff, we appreciate your flexibility as we work to serve young people in new ways. I know these are difficult times, but I’m grateful for this community, and I have already been amazed by the way our young people are showing up for each other.

Sending warmth, care, and kindness to each of you,

Lizzy & the Pride Staff Team (Gus, Jess, and Carolina)

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