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[UPDATE] Independent task forces consider YouthPride closed; ED says LGBT youth agency is still open

Volunteer task forces says they now consider YouthPride closed and are implementing a contingency plan devised to relocate programming and services to other agencies. YouthPride is metro-Atlanta nonprofit organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth ages 13-24.

"The task forces are now treating YouthPride as if it's non-operational," Charlie Stadtlander told the GA Voice. Statdlander, a gay teacher, organized a Jan. 25 meeting of LGBT leaders and allies that resulted in the formation of two volunteer task forces to look at the financial and legal viability of the agency as well as how to deal with programming should YouthPride shut down.

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CHRIS Kids wins $25,000 award

CHRIS Kids, an Atlanta nonprofit that provides housing and support to LGBT and other young people, has been awarded $25,000 by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

The announcement, made today at the Community Foundation's Annual Meeting and to celebrate its 60th anniversary, named CHRIS Kids a 2011 Managing for Excellence Award winner. The other winner of a $25,000 award was Moving in the Spirit.

On Aug. 30 CHRIS Kids celebrated the grand opening of the CHRIS Counseling Center, Education Center and Summit Trail Apartment Community.

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CHRIS Kids helps LGBT youth find home, support

Moving to a new home is a milestone for any family. For CHRIS Kids, a nonprofit Atlanta agency that provides housing and support to LGBT and other young people, it’s particularly momentous.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal will be on hand Aug. 30 as CHRIS Kids celebrates the grand opening of the CHRIS Counseling Center, Education Center and Summit Trail Apartment Community.

The move unites CHRIS Kids’ administration and other programs with its program to help young adults who were homeless or aging out of foster care that has already moved into the Summit Trail apartments. It also puts the CHRIS Kids administration closer to the agency’s eight group homes for younger children.

“It’s a huge deal because a place that represents home, family, stability and safety for kids needs a permanent home,” says CHRIS Kids CEO Kathy Colbenson. “A home needs a home.”

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Premiere Party returns June 11

The Premiere Party, an annual benefit for the CHRIS Kids, returns to the Mason Mauer Fine Art Gallery June 11. CHRIS Kids is a local nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate homelessness among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens and youth.

Some 600 people are expected to attend the event, which has raised more than $750,000 since its first year in 2002, according to event organizers. Last year's event was also held at Mason Mauer Fine Art Gallery.

“Each year we've increased in attendance and dollars raised,” said Frank Wren, CHRIS Kids LGBT Outreach Chair. “It's a great event.”

“Premiere Party brings awareness to CHRIS Kids' mission of taking care of kids who get kicked out of their homes for being gay,” Wren added.