our mission:

To reduce and prevent LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in Dallas and its surrounding counties


OUR VISION:


To see the systemic problems of LGBTQ youth homelessness radically changed.

 
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Outlast Youth exists to reduce and prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness in Dallas and surrounding counties. 

According to service providers, an estimated 20-40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, LGBTQ, while only 7-10% of the general youth population identifies as such (Ray, N., 2006). As a result, under the direction of the City of Dallas' LGBT Task Force, chaired by DMPT Adam Medrano, local organizations joined efforts to reduce and prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness in Dallas and surrounding communities.

OUR HOW: 

Any good cause is just a cause without the work. We aim to manifest our mission and vision by doing the following:

 

COLLABORATION

Our committed partners are listed here. We collaborate with each of them to build cross-sector bridges, working to heal the wounds of past hurts caused by the systemic roots of this issue.

Advocacy

We are actively working with partner organizations and elected officials to speak up for our most vulnerable. We aim to address the systemic causes of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Additionally, we host workshops, talks and events to educate folks on the issue in their very backyard.

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EDUCATION

We have partnered with local homeless service provider agencies, educating staff on best serving LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. In addition to terminology and basic cultural competency, we work through overcoming our implicit biases.