About us

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Mission

The Queer Youth Resource Center (QYRC) is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the mission of serving lesbian, gay, bi, pan, trans, nonbinary, intersex, asexual/aromantic, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth ages 12-24 and their allies in Vancouver and the greater Southwest Washington area. We here at QYRC, in solidarity with many youth today, choose to reclaim "queer" to serve as an inclusive umbrella term referencing all LGBTQ+ people.


Vision

While QYRC is not yet a physical building, we operate from the motto of “creating community as our center,” utilizing existing community partnered locations to provide our services. Our ultimate goal is to permanently establish a local center that offers safer spaces to support and empower queer youth and their allies. Our current work includes planning and hosting recreational youth events, engaging in community networking and outreach, as well as promoting key LGBTQ+ resources.

It is imperative that we continue to show up for queer youth! How can YOU help? We welcome family, friends, service providers of, and general stakeholders invested in queer youth, as well as queer youth themselves, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or experience level, to get involved in our work. We have positions open within our Board of Directors, and always appreciate general advisors and volunteers. Join us at our next monthly board meeting, or donate today at the link above!

Please feel free to email us with any questions, suggestions, or partnership opportunities at info@qyrcvancouverwa.org

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @qyrcvancouverwa to stay up to date!


Statement of Values

The mission and vision held by QYRC are rooted in a set of core values that shall build the foundation of our unique purpose and perspective.

Inclusion - We acknowledge the intersectionality of gender and sexuality, and believe that our services must be reflecting of and relevant to the diverse demographics of queer youth and their allies in Southwest Washington.

Community - We strive to collaborate with local individual volunteers and community organizations across Southwest Washington to most expansively and cohesively serve as the hub of all available resources for queer youth and their allies.

Harmony - We understand that our services must be peaceful - rooted in respect, trust, and balance. We strive to create a safe, affirming, and ultimately peaceful environment for queer youth and their allies in both our work and our greater community.

Knowledge - We recognize evidence-based science and community competent data as the necessary foundations of the services we provide and resources we recommend, to ensure efficacy and effectiveness.

Empowerment - We encourage the innovation and leadership of queer youth and allies of Southwest Washington, inviting them to enrich and expand our services, which shall make our work more meaningful and longlasting.


Code of Ethics

The mission, vision, and values held by QYRC are maintained by a standard of ethics that shall permeate our individual to communal decisions and actions.

Equity

Honesty

Integrity

Accountability

Confidentiality