Our Story

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote and foster the acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in education institutions.

Together we strive to...

  • Educate LGBTQ youth through positive examples
  • Support an environment where LGBTQ youth feel represented and safe
  • Advocate for LGBTQ youth to their peers
  • Ensure the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in their communities

Education, Support, Advocacy.

Our History

2020
February 2020

Work began on the Acceptance Week program, and what become the Youth Pride Association

November 4th, 2020

YPA was incorporated as a Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporation in the state of California, receiving 501(c)3 designation shortly after.

2021
August 2021

YPA was recognized by the California State University Channel Islands and awarded the 2021 President's Award for Student Innovation for the Acceptance Week program. 

September 2021

YPA launched the Peer Advocate program (now the Virtual Peer Support program) to provide mentorship to LGBTQ students.

November 2021

YPA launched the Model School Policy Initiative, aimed at advocating for a LGBTQ inclusive learning environment.  

December 2021

YPA launched the new expanded Virtual Peer Support program, increasing the impact to LGBTQ students from across the country.

2022
February 2022

YPA hosted the inaugural Acceptance Week program at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California.

March 2022

YPA launches the Virtual Support Group program, available to LGBTQ students in 30 states.

April 2022

As a result of work done through the Model School Policy Initiative, CSU Channel Islands announces the conversion of 15 multi-use restrooms to all-gender restrooms.

May 2022

Cameron Bartosiewicz was awarded the 2022 Newman Civic Fellowship for work done at the Youth Pride Association.

2023
February 2023

YPA awarded Digital Lift Grant, allowing technology investments to improve the delivery of program services.

September 2023

YPA awarded £16,000 grant from the Dr. Martens Foundation to support the Acceptance Week program.

December 2023

In collaboration with 25 nonprofits organizations, educational institutions, state agencies, and other entities, YPA became a Founding Member of the SNEP National Task Force working to address systemic issues facing LGBTQ students. 

2020
Today 

YPA continues working to educate, support, and advocate for LGBTQ students across the country.