Youth First announces move to bigger facility

Posted on 08 Oct 2009 at 8:45pm
By TAMMYE NASH | Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com

New center will give LGBT youth group more than 5,000 square feet to house study center, expanded computer lab, kitchen and more

YOUTH ON THE MOVE | Officials with Youth First Texas announced this week that the organization for LGBTQ youth and their allies will move to larger space on Harry Hines this year. (TERRY THOMPSON/Dallas Voice)

Youth First Texas this week announced definitive plans to relocate to a new and larger youth center in at 3918 Harry Hines Blvd. during the fourth quarter of this year. The new facilities will include more than 5,000 square feet, allowing YFT the additional space to offer an array of new programs and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youths and their allies in North Texas, YFT officials said.

Officials said the organization received more than $60,000 in private donations and loans to move into the new location.

“The new center represents a major milestone for Youth First Texas as we mark our 10-year anniversary later this year,” said Johnny Cooper, director of Development and Administration for Youth First Texas.

“Not only will be able to provide a host of much-needed, new programs and services but we will also have room to grow for our next 10 years,” Cooper said.

Youth First Texas has been in its current facilities for the last seven years.

But that building was sold earlier this year, prompting the organization to find a new home.

The new youth center will include a study center for the GED Program, an expanded computer lab, a full kitchen and restrooms, and several small meeting rooms for free counseling and HIV/STD  testing.

Office space will also now be available for the Youth Board, YFT’s youth-run leadership board responsible for the development of programs and representation of the youth at YFT.

Contributions to the New Space Fund can be made by visiting YouthFirstTexas.org/giving. Rooms in the new  Youth Center are available for sponsorship or dedication by individuals, organizations or corporations.

For more information contact giving@youthfirsttexas.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 9, 2009.

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