About UpFront

UpFront is a brave space for LGBTQ+ young people who experience foster care and/or disconnection from family. 

This affirming community of support increases the unconditional love of family, safety in home and community, and overall wellbeing for every member. 

APPROACH

The group believes that every young person’s voice is valuable and deserves to be heard, it should be UpFront. As a peer-led group, sessions are designed and led by peer leaders. Sessions are typically based on one or more of the following four themes:

  1. Choosing an Accepting Family
  2. Feeling Safe Anywhere
  3. Planning for My Future
  4. Enjoying the Journey

FOR THE MEMBERS

UpFront provides resources to every member. Some of these resources are for anyone who participates. Other resources are tailored to the specific needs of individual members. 

For each session attended, members receive an unlimited weekly MetroCard to be used at their discretion.

Understanding food insecurity is often a challenge with the population UpFront serves, we make ensure that during each session, food, snacks, and drinks (non-alcoholic) are provided.

Due to the nature of the member’s support structure outside of the group, UpFront creates a community of support rooted in friends, like-minded individuals, professionals, and people looking out for their best interest. 

As a goal-setting group, UpFront members are encouraged to set personal growth goals at their own pace. We, as an organization and as a group, use our partnerships and connections throughout NYC to help them reach their goals. 

Members have the opportunity to develop advocacy skills and develop as leaders by understanding and learning conflict resolution, different perspectives, patience, wants vs. needs, realistic goal setting. 

Through a partnership with PowerOn from LGBT Tech, members have the opportunity to access technology such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops. These devices allow them to come together and form a community outside of UpFront and apply for jobs/school.

Once a month, members get together for a fun NYC event of their choice. Such events include movie outings, attending plays, volunteering at soup kitchens, self-defense classes,  and so much more!

INTERESTED IN JOINING?

Are you a young person who might benefit from UpFront? Do you know other LGBTQ+ young people who might? UpFront meets every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:30 PM in Brooklyn, unless otherwise noted. 

Please contact bryan@fosteringchangeforchildren.org to learn more.

GET INVOLVED

Want to support UpFront and its members? Below are just a few ways you might help. We always welcome new ideas and partners. 

Do you know:
– A food establishment that would like to donate food for an UpFront meeting?

– A resource that could benefit UpFront members?

– A business that would be interested in donating new clothes, art supplies, everyday living essentials, etc?

– An event/business that would like to invite UpFront members to attend for free or a discounted price?

Please reach out to bryan@fosteringchangeforchildren.org to learn more.