2018 Year in Review

Side by Side 2018 Year in Review

December 2018

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350 Unique Youth Served by Support Groups

Side by Side provides eight support groups for youth ages 11-20 in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Petersburg providing support to over 350 unique youth in Central Virginia.

I like how Side by Side makes me feel important” - Middle School Youth, 14

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95% of suicidal youth at Side by Side can identify healthy coping strategies to stay safe.

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40 Individual Youth Received Mental Health Counseling

Side by Side provides mental health counseling services to youth in our Richmond program at no cost to them or their family.

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5,000 Teachers, Counselors, and Youth Service Providers Trained

Side by Side provides training and technical assistance to schools, faith communities, and youth serving non-profits throughout all of Virginia. This year we trained over 5,000 individuals on how to best support LGBTQ+ youth in our community.

I feel better about myself when I’m here.” - High School Youth, 16


Featured on CNN’s This is Life with Lisa Ling

Did you catch Side by Side’s youth featured on CNN’s story on transgender and non-binary youth this past October? Click here to see the story now!

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Side by Side Shows Our Pride

This past year Side by Side participated in FIVE local pride events including the first ever Black Pride RVA and hosting the Youth Pride Pavilion at VA Pride in Richmond.

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Trans/Non-Binary Community Forum

In response to a leaked memo from the federal government that would effectively “erase” transgender and non-binary people from law, Side by Side hosted a Trans/Non-Binary Community Forum where over 150 youth, families, and supporters came out to learn from a panel of experts and hear from local trans leaders including four Side by Side youth.

I look forward to Side by Side every week!” - High School Youth, 15

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Side by Side Staff Team

We can’t do this work without you, thank you for a great year!