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Organizational Info

IYG is a Nonprofit OrganizationIndiana Youth Group, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. The federal ID# is 35-1760451.

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IYG Diversity Statement

Indiana Youth Group celebrates the diversity of individuals and acknowledges the benefits of multi-cultural inclusion to the organization, its programming and services and the individuals involved. We strive to stretch our comfort levels and question our realities through widening our horizons and bringing forth the varied talents that diversity affords.

We value youth, volunteers, and staff members with different lifestyles, values, ideas, cultures, and backgrounds. It is our hope that everyone participating in the organization will learn to respect and appreciate others and encourage all to address insensitivity or thoughtlessness that may impact IYG's welcoming atmosphere.

 

Brief history
Indiana Youth Group began with members of the Indianapolis Gay and Lesbian Switchboard who often received calls from youth in distress with no place to refer the youth in crisis. As a result, Chris Gonzales and Jeff Werner hosted an LGBTQ+ youth support group out of their home in 1987. The "Indianapolis Youth Group" was incorporated in Indiana and received its non-profit status in 1989. In 1991 IYG received the house at 46th and Binford, becoming one of only three programs of its kind in the country. The first meeting in the 46th street center occurred in August of 1992.
Chris Gonzales passed away in May of 1994. Jeff Werner served as the Executive Director until shortly before his passing in January 1997. Later that year, the articles of incorporation were amended to change the name to "Indiana Youth Group". The following year youth members voted to make the IYG Youth Center's location public.
In 2011, after applying three times and settling a law suit, IYG was approved by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a specialty license plate which was the first specialty plate issued for an LGBTQ+ youth services organization in the country! In March 2012 the BMV revoked the license plate. The license plate was reinstated in July of 2013.
Four years later, IYG outgrew the house where it all started. We knew it was time to make a big move, and that we did. Through the efforts of all who worked on our capital campaign and the generosity of all of our incredibly valued donors, we raised 2.6 million dollars and purchased a new space at 38th and Meridian. We now reside in a three story building with additional youth space in the basement. We also teamed up with IndyPride who now occupies the third floor of the building. IYG staff, volunteers, board members and youth are extremely excited as we are looking toward significant growth, and thus, a much greater impact in the community and lives of our young people. The best is yet to come!

 

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