PRESS RELEASE: It Gets Better Yellowknife to open Rainbow Youth Centre

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It Gets Better Yellowknife to open Rainbow Youth Centre

YELLOWKNIFE, NT (August 5, 2016) –  It Gets Better Yellowknife is pleased to announce the organization will be opening a Rainbow Youth Centre in Yellowknife later this month.

During the successful Days of Pink event in April 2016, It Gets Better Yellowknife held a youth forum with Mayor Mark Heyck where youth in attendance stressed their desire and need for a youth centre they feel safe accessing. Following this, It Gets Better Yellowknife approached a number of agencies and government departments to secure funding.

Through these efforts, It Gets Better Yellowknife has secured funding through the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), who confirmed $13,888 under the Youth Centres Initiative Fund, and Yellowknife Health & Social Services (YHSSA) who confirmed $15,000.

“The Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority and HSS, are also very pleased to provide support to [It Gets Better Yellowknife], recognizing the need for support to LGBTQ2 clients in Yellowknife and the NWT, especially youth and young adults,” said Les Harrison, CEO of Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority.  “There is great potential for [It Gets Better Yellowknife] to provide a haven of support in which LGBTQ2 clients can freely talk about matters that are important to them, including their health and wellness, and with the implementation of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority (THSSA) on August 1, we look forward to discussing further opportunities for partnership on health and wellness initiatives in the future.”

The Rainbow Centre will have a resource library, act as a hub for all Northern groups and agencies to access information about LGBTQ+ identity, a hang out space for youth, and depending on future funding, ongoing programming created by It Gets Better Yellowknife. The Centre will be open for youth to access on a drop-in basis starting on August 22, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. It Gets Better Yellowknife will begin introducing regular programming starting in September.

For more information or to learn about how you can become a Rainbow Centre funder or a volunteer, drop by the Centre after August 22nd or visit our website at www.itgetsbetteryk.org.

For Media Inquiries, please contact:
Jacq Brasseur (pronouns: they/them)
867-445-5878
jacq@itgetsbetteryk.org

 About It Gets Better Yellowknife

The outreach organization to support LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth has existed since 2011, and became incorporated under the Societies Act on June 27 this year. An organization by youth, for youth, is excited to not only operate the space, but to bring forward a new way of non-profit governance by promoting social entrepreneurship and organizational leadership among youth, through their interest in queer and trans issues and identities.