Empowering LGBTQ+ youth and their allies and creating inclusive communities.
ALSO Youth was created in 1992 by individuals who were alarmed at the statistics documenting high rates of suicide among gay and lesbian teens. In cooperation with other local organizations such as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Planned Parenthood; and YMCA Youth and Family Services, volunteers were recruited to conduct a support group for Sarasota area youth. Upon realizing that more comprehensive services were needed throughout the community, ALSO’s founders initiated contact with school officials and implemented a training program for educators. The types of services and numbers of youth and community members served have steadily increased.
Today, ALSO Youth is a non-profit organization providing peer support services, community enrichment, scholarships, free counseling, and so much more for LGBTQ+ youth ages 10 to 24, their families and friends, and the community.
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