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.
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.
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.
YPA launched the Peer Advocate program (now the Virtual Peer Support program) to provide mentorship to LGBTQ students.
YPA launched the Model School Policy Initiative, aimed at advocating for a LGBTQ inclusive learning environment.
YPA launched the new expanded Virtual Peer Support program, increasing the impact to LGBTQ students from across the country.
YPA hosted the inaugural Acceptance Week program at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California.
YPA launches the Virtual Support Group program, available to LGBTQ students in 30 states.
Cameron Bartosiewicz was awarded the 2022 Newman Civic Fellowship for work done at the Youth Pride Association.
YPA awarded Digital Lift Grant, allowing technology investments to improve the delivery of program services.
YPA awarded £16,000 grant from the Dr. Martens Foundation to support the Acceptance Week program.
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.
YPA continues working to educate, support, and advocate for LGBTQ students across the country.