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GLYS WNY, Inc.

"Growing LGBTQ+ Youth Support"

BUFFALO, NY   |  www.glyswny.org

Mission

GLYS WNY builds affirming cultures and supportive communities for youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Jack Kavanaugh

Main address

750 Wehrle Drive

BUFFALO, NY 14225 USA

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EIN

22-2592319

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In many communities within Western New York and beyond, LGBTQ youth face a constant struggle in attempting to understand themselves and to achieve understanding and acceptance from others. The affects of bullying, and of feeling ostracized from their family or community can have pervasive effects on the mental and physical well-being of our young people. As outlined in the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, almost double the amount of high school students who identify as LGBTQ have been bullied (on school property!) (33%) or cyber-bullied (27.1%) within the past year, as compared to their heterosexual peers (17.1%, 13.3% respectively). And nearly 10% of these students report not wanting to go to school as a result. Additionally, we find that discussion of gender and sexual issues suffers from a stigma and lack of information that promotes ignorance and 'otherness'. This amplifies the daily struggle of youth in being able to gain validation and achieve loving acceptance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Diversity Prom

The annual diversity prom is an opportunity for youth to gather in a safe environment and experience the 'rite-of-passage' event that a prom has become in our society. Many times, LGBTQ youth are unable to go to their own prom due to concerns for safety, or lack of acceptance in bringing a same sex partner. The Diversity Prom is an opportunity for youth to participate without judgement, in a fantastic venue with all the trappings of a typical prom atmosphere (and often even more fabulous!).

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Youth Attending Annual Diversity Prom

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Diversity Prom

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our annual Diversity Prom continued through 2020 as a virtual event.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Students, Teachers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GLYS did not host a GSA conference in 2020.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. GLYS WNY hopes to foster community and support by creating safe spaces and activities that bring together youth of all different gender identifications and sexual orientations. GLYS holds weekly sessions in our Drop-In-Center, where youth can participate in discussions and meetings. We also hold an annual Diversity Prom where youth can come and experience the prom atmosphere in clothing and with dates that represent their identifications and preferences in a judgement-free atmosphere. We also provide a range of educational and social events throughout the year in various locations around Western New York to reach out to youth who otherwise may not have access to those community activities.

2. GLYS WNY partners with organizations and businesses to provide training, information and understanding to caregivers and those who engage with the LGBTQ community. This ranges from businesses looking to expand their diversity platform and offerings, as well as healthcare providers who deal directly with LGBTQ youth and the challenges that may exist in connecting and understanding them.

3. GLYS WNY works to identify gaps in LGBTQ youth support and needs, and create programming to address and resolve those shortfalls. We have been working tirelessly to implement additions and changes to our programming that were the result of our formal 'Needs-Assessment', conducted by professional researchers on what young people identified as the shortfalls in the support network of services.

4. GLYS WNY supports and encourages the development of Gay-Straight Alliances within middle- and high-schools to promote camaraderie and community. Annually, we hold a Gay Straight Alliance Conference, where we bring together hundreds of youth for a half-day of education and participation with leaders in our community. We also coordinate representation of these groups at annual pride parades across the region to develop representation and visibility of LGBTQ people and issues.

GLYS WNY has focused on a tight range of strategies to continue to deliver on our mission:

1. We listen to youth, and work to be responsive to their changing needs: Young people are constantly changing. Their needs change, their tastes migrate and develop, and they are always challenging what has come before. GLYS does the same. In order for our offerings to be useful, they must be acceptable to a group whose expectations fluctuate. We work hard to be where the youth are, use the communication methods they use, produce information that is valuable to them, provide services that spark their interest and imagination, and interactions that are memorable to earn their trust.

2. We must be consistent. GLYS WNY produces programming that we are able and certain to keep going, and work to ensure we have resources that are able to deliver at a high level over the long haul. Nothing destroys credibility and trust faster than inconsistency, and GLYS WNY works to make sure that when we establish new ways of engaging with youth, that we are able to support that method consistently. If we build it, they will come.

3. GLYS WNY actively seeks out partnerships with other organizations and businesses. We cannot do it all. There are a range of social services and other nonprofit organizations who are doing amazing things. Our goal is to make sure we develop a strong community of groups or businesses that want to support LGBTQ youth, and drive participation, value and recognition through those relationships.

4. We will be visible! We challenge ourselves daily to be more visible and work to reach more people who need us. Our work on launching a new website and developing a social media presence has underscored our commitment to spreading the word of the services and support we offer. Though some city-centers are more accepting and diverse than in the past, there are many rural and suburban areas that need outreach, community and the support we aim to offer.

5. Efficiency of operations. GLYS WNY has a small staff which achieves a large impact. We do that by streamlining our work and coordinating our efforts. We are very judicious with the support our donors give us, and are always trying to find ways to produce better programming or materials, better, faster or cheaper.

6. GLYS WNY is also focused on diversifying our funding and support model by introducing new ways to support our organization, and always looking for new grants or partnerships that we engage in to continue our mission. We are doing this by reaching out to these organizations and partnering with them to hold events that are exciting for youth and provide exposure both to the business and our organization!

GLYS has a well trained and educated staff that has a history of working and supporting youth. We also have the history and knowledge that has accumulated after having been part of the Western New York area for over 35 years. Recently, we have moved into a new building that has allowed us to expand not only our offerings to youth, but to provide space where our partner organizations can hold there events.

GLYS has established trust and name recognition in a number of places, and we continue to work hard to be worthy of the trust that we have earned. We have a seasoned board of directors with a range of skills that help support our operations and ensure sage financial guidance and stewardship.

Within the past year, GLYS has increased participation over prior year for all our events. We've also seen a tremendous response as we have expanded and changed the ways that we communicate with our supporters; we've introduced a new website and expanded our social media presence. Our print engagement - including newsletters, informational pamphlets, invitations and outreach documents have all undergone changes to reflect an update to our image and a commitment to bringing excitement and engagement to anything we produce.

Our next goals are to work to identify opportunities to expand in our community, including holding more events at locations outside of the Buffalo area, and pushing into different counties of WNY.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GLYS WNY, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sheri Scavone

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/14/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.