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(Atlanta, Georgia) – Over the last year, Lost-n-Found Youth’s drop-in Youth Center serving homeless LGBTQ youth has been operating beyond capacity in a tiny space. According to Executive Director, Rick Westbrook, a primary goal for 2017 was to expand the Youth Center to be able to meet the growing need. Now, this dream will be realized as LNFY opens a new, expanded Youth Center on Lambert Drive.
“With the expanded drop-in center, we will not only be able to provide more crisis care, on-site HIV testing, mental health evaluations, and life skill trainings,” said Brittany Garner, LNFY’s Deputy Director for Programs, “but it will also allow youth to create their own community through youth-led workshops and community meetings. With their input, we will build out engaging programs such as internships for different kind of jobs, bring in more volunteers, and build community partnerships that will enhance the life of youth who have experienced so much.”
In addition to providing basic needs such as food, clothing and health services, the Youth Center helps youth build important life skills needed to live independently. Programs include bringing in experts to lead cooking classes, spoken word, art classes, group therapy, job readiness programs, financial and informational classes, support groups, as well as community speakers. Through this interactive programming, youth are stabilized, have their immediate needs met, and are connected with community resources. LNFY is the only Atlanta-based agency in the Metro area with this LGBTQ-specific service model.
At the Open House, members of the community will have the opportunity to see fist-hand how the Youth Center prepares homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth to become self-sufficient and to live with independence and dignity.
Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 6–9 PM
729 Lambert Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324