Parents of Pride (POP)
POP offers adults in the lives of LGBTQ youth education and support in order to create accepting households.
The POP program has a lot to offer parents, caregivers, and influential adults in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. Here are some of the programs offered now!
Super Saturdays are group learning environments that occur once a month. In this group we discuss what it means to be a youth that identifies as LGBTQ, provide STEP tools (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) to help parents and caregivers navigate difficult situations, and provide general tools and resources on how to be of most support to the LGBTQ youth in your life. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Super Saturdays, like every POP program, operate in an open and non-judgmental environment.
For parents and caregivers that have specific questions and concerns that they would like to discuss, IYG offers individual meetings and conversations to aid in support. In the One-on-One meetings, parents and caregivers are able to meet with Rashida Bonds, the Family Program Coordinator, at a location that is most comfortable and suitable for the family. Tools from the STEP program are utilized in supporting parents and caregivers in One on One meetings. Assistance is provided to parent and caregivers with crucial conversations, such as how to come out to family and friends as having an LGBTQ child or family member, or any other issue pertinent to each family's individual situation and process.
POP on Facebook
Parents of Pride on Facebook is a forum for adults in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth to ask questions, share resources, and offer each other support. This is a private group. In order to join the group, a current member or the group facilitator must accept the request to join. The privacy settings are set up to provide the most secure possible forum for all participants.
POP Monthly Meet-Ups is a group of adults in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth that meet every month to discuss specific to and generated by participants of the group (i.e. transgender issues). The group is encouraged to discuss thoughts and feelings around the specific subject and peer support between families occurs as a result. Current research and knowledge of the subject will be presented by the group facilitator as well. This group's objective is to bring education and support to the adults participating..
For more than 25 years IYG has been an amazing support in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. We are excited to now offer similar support to the families of these dynamic youth. We provide a judgement free environment wherein adults are encouraged and allowed to maneuver their journey in a way that is best suitable for them. If you have any questions please contact Rashida Bonds Program Coordinator at 317-541-8726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Indy PFLAG meets from 6:00-8:00pm on the first Tuesday of the month at the College Avenue Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, 4180 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205. They offer support, education, and advocacy to all parents, families, friends, and allies of LGBTQ people of all ages. The group provides informtion from members, outside speakers, and other sources. Meetings are open to parents whether their youth attend IYG programs and activities or not.
Find out more about Indy PFLAG HERE.
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