Thursday, May 22, 2008

Homeless LGBTQ Youth setting goals to 'Design Their Futures'

The Reciprocity Foundation partnered with Green Chimneys, a transitional living program for LGBTQ homeless youth, to host one of the first collaborative 'Design Your Future' speaker series. Nearly 40 homeless predominately LGBTQ youth were joined by professionals from ASCAP, Calvin Klein Home, Atlantic Records, MTV, and Girls Write Now. Youth were given the unique opportunity to gain industry insight and know-how from some of the best. In addition, young people were able to work on their networking skills, build a stronger community support system, and have fun in the process.

The event was nothing less than a success. Pairing strong industry professionals with talented and motivated youth has been a formula the Reciprocity Foundation has used since it's inception. "Youth and professionals alike benefit from these encounters because it gives them both perspective and meaning," said Natasha Johnson-Lashley, Director of Education at the Reciprocity Foundation. "As facilitators we'll continue to seek out these meaningful opportunities and offer them to our youth and professional communities.

Founded in 1947, Green Chimneys is the nationally renowned, non- profit organization recognized as the leader in restoring possibilities and creating futures for youth and children.

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