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LAYC's Project STRIPES is a social outreach club for self-identifying Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (GLBTQ) youth. The goal of the program is to provide a safe supportive space for youth to engage in self-discovery and reflection. Participants explore issues that affect GLBTQ youth, such as coming-out, embracing non-traditional gender roles, coping with and challenging homophobia, and engaging in healthy relationships.

In addition, Project STRIPES participants are trained to provide their peers with HIV, STI, pregnancy prevention education, and to raise community awareness around GLBTQ issues.  Social events are used as a platform for innovative educational outreach campaigns. These events are youth-led and aim to normalize HIV and STI testing and safer sex practices.

Project STRIPES is a year long program that accepts new participants on an on-going basis.  During weekly meetings, program participants work to "earn their STRIPES" by demonstrating knowledge, skills, and competencies in each of the following core areas: Sharing, Taking Responsibility, Respect, Identity, Participation, Educational Achievement, and Self-acceptance (STRIPES).

Program Requirements

  • Youth ages 11- 24.
  • Self-identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning.
  • Completion of program application.
  • Interview with program staff member.
  • Attend weekly club gatherings and participate in outreach events.
  • Individuals should be interested in learning peer health education skills.
  • Individuals should also be committed to participating in a year-long program.

Participant Benefits

  • Stipends for participation in the execution of outreach campaigns and events.
  • Community Service Hours.
  • Linkage to prevention services and referrals to community resources as needed.
  • Assistance with costs of transportation to and from group activities.
  • Leadership skills development and experience in peer health education and community outreach.
  • Field trips, group retreats, team-building activities, parties, and other social events.
  • Opportunity to make new friends.
  • Food and snacks at weekly meetings.

Program Hours

The Project STRIPES Social Outreach Club meets weekly at LAYC on Fridays from 4pm - 5:30pm.

Contact Information

For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Youth Developer, (202) 319-0422.

Project STRIPES is funded by a grant from the Washington AIDS Partnership.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 16:01