There’s a little pro wrestler in Stranger news editor Dominic Holden so excuse his dramatics in pointing out that Queer Youth Space, the youth-focused LGBT community group, has taken more than a year to put its grants to work finding a home for a center on Capitol HIll:
Queer Youth Space (QYS), an organization led by folks under 21 who want to run their own LGBT youth center, still hasn’t secured a location despite winning a $100,000 city grant 16 months ago. In contrast, all other recipients of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) matching grant from last spring have contracts in place or are awaiting signatures, says DON spokeswoman Lois Maag. Queer Youth Space is the only one that does “not have a contract yet,” she says.
We asked one of the group’s supporters, the Greater Seattle Business Association, for more information about QYS’s progress.
“GSBA has been proud of what QYS has accomplished thus far, most especially raising awareness of the needs of queer youth, bringing youth together to identify needs and resources needed; and successfully writing and securing a substantial grant,” GSBA’s head Louise Chernin tells CHS.
Chernin says that the group is still actively seeking a space on Capitol Hill. “Currently, QYS continues to negotiate for space on the hill, not an easy task and one that often takes even the most seasoned organizations a couple of years to complete,” Chernin said.
Chernin also said her organization continues to support the youth group. “Regarding GSBA’s involvement, we are proud of the initiative and resourcefulness of QYS and a number of our members are engaged and provide support for QYS around lease negotiation and other support as requested,” Chernin said.