Celebrating LGBTQ+IA Youth With Family Connections

Family Connections hosted an inspiring event for LGBTQ+IA youth in Maplewood.

Family Connections hosted an unforgettable evening, celebrating love, acceptance, and support for LGBTQ+IA youth in Maplewood. 

The heartwarming event brought together parents, teachers, counselors, caregivers, and more, united by a singular purpose: to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBTQ+IA youth in our community.

Spreading Hope: Guest Speaker Kate Brookes

Gratitude was extended to the guest speaker, Kate Brookes, author of Transister, for sharing her inspiring story. She shed light on the importance of family acceptance and understanding, reminding us of the power of love and inclusivity.

Making a Difference: The Dedicated Panel

The panel, comprising social workers, clinicians, teachers, parents, and counselors, shared their invaluable insights with the community. Their dedication to supporting LGBTQ+IA youth is commendable and their contributions are making a difference every day.

Read more: Giving Back: An Impactful Family Connections Thanksgiving Initiative

Stronger Together: Our Partners

Special thanks go to the event partners: Maplewood Public Health, Maplewood Arts and Culture, and North Jersey Pride, for their support and collaboration. It’s through partnerships like these that we can create a more inclusive and accepting community for all.

In addition, Family Connections expressed heartfelt gratitude to their Board President Braden Schipke and Board Member Marsha Atkind. Their leadership and commitment to the mission have been instrumental in driving positive change and empowering LGBTQ+IA youth in Maplewood.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Supporter of Family Connections

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a proud supporter of Family Connections’ various initiatives that foster unity and inclusivity in our communities. Through our partnership, along with donors like you, we can create a world where every LGBTQ+IA youth feels loved, accepted, and supported. 

Join us in this mission by giving to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund today. Your contribution can build a more inclusive future for all. 

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