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Pride Month Newsletter
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Dear Friends,

Our thoughts are with the victims, survivors and families and all those impacted by the mass shooting in Orlando. We at WJCS remain committed to supporting LGBTQ youth and the entire Westchester community and hope that our local community can serve as a model for conversations and actions that bring people together to heal from this national tragedy.

WJCS Center Lane was established 21 years ago to provide LGBTQ youth with a safe emotional and physical space to socialize, recreate and build skills to succeed in environments that often discriminated against them based on their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. While important advancements have been made toward creating a more just and safe world for all LGBTQ people, recent national events, including the tragedy in Orlando, are an unfortunate reminder that LGBTQ youth still require the services of Center Lane. These services help them develop into healthy and productive adults within a world that often reacts to them violently and unpredictably.

We remain encouraged by the incredible youth with whom we work and are so grateful to the partners and volunteers who make WJCS Center Lane a critical youth development initiative in Westchester.

Below is the content of our previously scheduled Pride Month Newsletter that we would like to share with you.
 
Regards,

                                                          

Santo Barbagiovanni                                                    Bernie Kimberg
Director, Center Lane                                                   Chief Operating Officer
 
Meet Michael Sabatino, Yonkers' City Councilman and his husband, Robert Voorheis, champions of the Marriage Equality Movement, at the viewing of the documentary "March On" on Friday, June 17th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Mt. Kisco. For youth 13 to 21. Our guest speakers will talk about their participation in the film and their experiences as activists.

View the trailer here:
For more information and to RSVP, contact sbarbagiovanni@wjcs.com.
Join the Westchester County Board of Legislators on Monday, June 20th at 6:00 PM as they recognize WJCS Center Lane and the TransParentcy Support Group and other Westchester agencies offering important services to the LGBTQ community. 


 

Talk to your children - For parents and friends of LGBTQ youth and their allies - 5 Things Not to Say if Your Child Comes Out.

 

Learn about the support groups and other initiatives of WJCS Center Lane

 

Support Center Lane – please consider making a contribution to Center Lane to support community education and training to schools, other youth-serving and government agencies and direct services to LGBTQ youth and their allies. 

 

Thank you to the Westchester Community Foundation for helping us to expand services into Northern Westchester and to the Westchester County Youth Bureau, New York State Department of Health, UJA-Federation of New York and the individuals who make WJCS’ Center Lane possible. 

For more information contact:
Santo Barbagiovanni, Program Director, sbarbagiovanni@wjcs.com.



 
WJCS Westchester Jewish Community Services
845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY10603
914.761.0600  info@wjcs.com  www.wjcs.com

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