"Equality Florida is in the position to partner with the LGBTQ Center of Bay County in various capacities including but not limited to supporting Gay Straight Alliances, speaking at youth group meetings and disseminating youth resources, training youth in schools or out of schools regarding policy, rights, gaining school support and creating a liaison with the school district of Bay County Schools. We are happy to work side by side with this essential organization."
De Palazzo, Director, Safe and Healthy Schools Program
"It is not uncommon for some of the youth that we work with to be part of the LGBTQ community. Nationwide, 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. The center has the potential to fill a void that has been largely overlooked in our community. We look forward to working collaboratively with The Center to address the needs of this population."
Yvonne Petrasovits, Executive Director of Doorways NW Florida.
"The LGBTQ Center is a dynamic endeavor in Panama City. Talented, experienced people have made a serious commitment to create this safe space for our LGBTQ youth. They have demonstrated the necessary ability and the fiscal responsibility to spend money wisely and carefully for the public good. I hope you will extend your exemplary generosity to The Center. I believe The Center is providing an essential service, leading the way toward a kinder, safer city, where education and understanding triumph over fear and misinformation. Every child may have a chance to grow and a place to be safe and supported. I share this commitment to free, equal access to a better life and look forward to working with this dynamic team. I strongly encourage you to support The Center."
Heather Ogilvie, Outreach Librarian at the Bay County Public Library
"BASIC NWF., Inc., is excited for the opportunity to partner with The Center Youth Support Group providing much needed HIV/AIDS awareness and education. Referrals for HIV and Hepatitis C Testing and partnering in outreach in the community."
Valerie Mincey, MSW, President and CEO BASIC NWF
"Anchorage Children's Home will work collaboratively to provide a variety of services accessible to The Center organization such as access to our emergency runaway shelter, free family counseling services and gateway services (such as food, water, clothing, hygiene needs, etc.,) Our Street Outreach Program will actively refer all appropriate youth that they encounter in their outreach efforts to The Center support services."
Joel Booth, Executive Director, Anchorage Children's Home
"We welcome the opportunity to work with The Center and assist them in providing essential services, programs and services that support the healthy development of LGBTQ+ youth and support the LGBTQ+ community at large."
Ken Sizemore, President, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bay County
"The Center’s Peer Youth Support Group is an essential community program aimed at addressing issues among LGBTQ+ youth. Suicide is the leading cause of death for LGBTQ+ teens. It is critical for the parents, guardians, and other family members of LGBTQ+ youth to have access to the resources they need to ensure their children are protected and supported. We believe that the Center is an excellent resource to provide these much-needed services in our community."
Niki Kelley, Executive Director, Girls Inc.