June is Pride month, a month celebrating the history of the LGBTQ community and advocating for our rights and representations, and raising awareness for continued injustices befallen on this community. In this spirit, Keystone Shops is PROUD to be featuring The Attic Youth Center as our June Keystone Kares!
According to the Human Rights Campaign, LGBTQ youth are twice as likely as their peers to face physical assault. A study by The Trevor Project in 2019 found that 71% of the LGBTQ youth in their study faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, 71% also dealt with feelings of depression and hopelessness, and 39% seriously considered suicide (with more than half of transgender and non-binary youths seriously considering suicide). This is only a handful of surface level statistics, and factors can vary as well based on race, socio-economic status, as well as others. One thing is glaringly apparent though, the LGBTQ youth community needs our help
For over 20 years The Attic Youth Center has been serving Philadelphia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning youth community. Additionally, they are the only center that exclusively serves LGBTQ adolescents and young adults (ages 14-23). Every year, over 1,000 young people use their onsite services and over 5,000 use their off-site education and training programs. The Attic’s mission and goal is to reduce the isolation felt by LGBTQ youths and provide a safe sense of community, while also offering and developing services that counter the oppression and prejudice that LGBTQ youth often face.
The Attic Youth Center offers a number of different programs and services for Philadelphia’s LGBTQ youth, including youth programming like a life skills center, mental health counseling, community engagement and social activities, support groups, and even a summer internship program. All The Attic’s programming is based on a youth development model and is meant to build community, reduce isolation, combat homophobia and transphobia, promote knowledge and life skills, and develop future leaders.
Throughout the month of June, Keystone Shops will have our donation jars accessible to patients and caregivers, and we strongly encourage our Keystone community to donate what they can. Your support as always, is greatly appreciated.
For more information about The Attic Youth Center, visit https://www.atticyouthcenter.org.