Ally Up!2019

Having a safe space saves lives. We take this a step further by supporting young LGBTIQ+ people feel accepted and loved because they are LGBTIQ. We help our teens and young adults build the confidence to see themselves as we see them.

Ally Up! 2019
Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 7am
The Antlers, a Wyndham Hotel

We can’t do it without you.
Take a stand for LGBTIQ young people with us by signing up to be a table captain for this year's Ally Up Qmmunity Breakfast by contacting Margo Chandler at dchandler4236 at comcast (dot) net  and/or becoming a sponsor. Last year over 750 community showed up for our LGBTQ+ young people, making financial contributions that help us ensure we keep our lights on and doors open to our Qmmunity every year.  

Interested in becoming a

Donor?

We are quite fortunate to be part of a giving, generous community of individuals, businesses, and foundations here in Colorado Springs. Your thoughtful donation makes a big difference in the lives of our local LGBTQ+ population and the greater El Paso County. Our outreach and safe space advances a healthier community for all young people: suicide prevention, safer classrooms, less absenteeism, better health, higher graduation rates, more livable lives!

There is no such thing as insufficient support or insignificant help: ALL that you do matters to the young people, volunteers, and staff of Inside Out Youth Services (IOYS). Please make a contribution commensurate with your commitment and capacity to empower LGBTQ+ teens and young adults!

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What will my donation go toward?

Every dollar you spend with us is put directly toward aiding and assisting the young LGBTIQ people of Colorado Springs and your help is sorely needed! One of our primary mission here at IOYS is providing much-needed assistance to young people experiencing homelessness, who oftentimes have been rejected by their families and are forced to live on the street. With the help of contributions from people such as yourself, we are able to purchase clothing, toiletries, food, and help fund activities to provide life experiences these kids and young adults wouldn't otherwise be able to.

In many cases, we are the only organization these young people can turn to for even the most basic needs. Even the smallest contribution can make a big difference. With your money, no matter the denomination, we are able to take care of these kids at their greatest time of need and aid them in becoming fully functional, productive adults. Our goal is to ensure that each of the lives we touch goes on to live a healthy and long existence as their authentic happy selves.

How does this benefit me?

Inside Out Youth Services is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and any donation made to our organization is tax deductible. We are always happy to provide you with receipts for financial contributions and proof of in-kind donation such as snacks, supplies, and materials for our space. If you would like information about corporate sponsorship opportunities please email us and we will be happy to provide you with any relevant information. Your sponsorship could qualify as a charitable contribution.

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We help

LGBTIQ+ youth discover their potential to thrive.

The mission of Inside Out Youth Services (IOYS) is to empower, educate, and advocate for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gay, intersex, questioning and queer (LGBTIQ) young people from Southern Colorado.  As a community and self-advocacy center, we work to make our community safer and more accepting of gender and sexual orientation diversity while building safe space, support networks, and teaching life skills to our LGBTQ+ and allied youth population. 

IOYS (est. 1990) is the sole organization in El Paso County that serves LGBTQ+ young people. We provide a safe accepting space for teens and young adults between 13-22 years of age. All of our groups and services are provided free of charge with the hope that any aid we provide will further the well-being and health of LGBTQ+ kids in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

What are our services?

We do our best to provide an environment conducive to allowing LGBTQ+ young people to freely express themselves and help build their self-reliance. Our programs include support and discussion groups, supervised drop-in recreational hours, community outings, leadership development opportunities, sexual health education, suicide prevention education, career and financial skills building, counseling referrals, community family-style meals, a food pantry, and a clothing closet.

Will I be safe?

Your safety is of utmost importance to us! All staff members and volunteer facilitators have undergone both a thorough national background check and a 4-hour training session at Inside Out Youth Services. When open for drop-in and program hours, there will always be at least two facilitators on site to ensure that conduct and behaviors of our young people remain appropriate and safe for all present. Staff and volunteers are committed to your safety and your freedom to have fun at IOYS, and are always available if you need to talk about any-thing.

event schedule

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
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4
5
6
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
To build resilience and help LGBTIQ young people spread hope, health, and strength.
7
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
9
Inside Out is CLOSED
Inside Out is CLOSED
May 10 all-day
Special Events and Holidays
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
To build resilience and help LGBTIQ young people spread hope, health, and strength.
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
TransParenting 6:00 pm
TransParenting @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Guided peer-support group for parents of trans and gender expansive youth. Parents please RSVP via email at least 24 hours in advance. [email protected]  
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Rec Night 5:00 pm
Rec Night
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
To build resilience and help LGBTIQ young people spread hope, health, and strength.
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Inside Out is CLOSED
Inside Out is CLOSED
May 27 all-day
Special Events and Holidays
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.

Click here for details on programming at Inside Out Youth Services.

What's the first step?

Upon arrival you will be greeted and asked to sign in at our front door, so we know who’s in the space for the day. If you decide to stay, a staff member or volunteer will sit down with you and quickly fill out a brief interview orientation form to gather basic details such as name, age, emergency contacts, and some demographic information. Your information is kept confidential. Afterwards, we will introduce you to some of our other young folks and help you in anyway we can.

Can I find out more?

Come check us out anytime during our program hours, Monday 3:00-7:15, Tuesday 3:00-6:00, Wednesday 3:00-7:15, or Friday 3:00-7:30.

What if I'm new?

If you’re new to IOYS, don't worry! Our Peer Leadership Team and Peer Program Assistants have been tasked with ensuring that ALL new young people are made to feel welcome and comfortable in the space. These young leaders give tours of the space, can help introduce you to others, and can always provide you with the guidelines of conduct at IOYS.

volunteer!

“Be there for the youth, grow up with the youth.”
- Pam, Inside Out Youth Services (IOYS) Volunteer since 2001

Volunteers who educate, empower, support, and advocate for teens and young adults carry out the daily IOYS mission. Whether you are looking for a short-term commitment or a long-term partnership, we have a volunteer opportunity for you. Your talents and interests help us meet the challenge of creating change for LGBTIQ youth, so we want to make sure you have a great experience.

Interested in volunteering with our young folks? Submit your application online today and contact [email protected] to schedule an interview and learn about upcoming volunteer trainings.

We help

LGBTIQ youth

reach their potential

Inside/Out Youth Services (est. 1990) is the only non-profit organization in El Paso County that serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning youth. We provide a safe accepting space for young adults between 13-22 years of age. All of our groups and services are provided free of charge with the hope that any aid we provide will further the happiness and health of LGBTIQ kids in the Colorado Springs area.

What are our services?

We do our best to provide an environment conducive to allowing LGBTIQ youth to freely express themselves and help build their self-reliance. Our programs include support and discussion groups, supervised drop-in recreation center, community outings, leadership development opportunities, sexual health education, suicide prevention education, career and financial skills building, counseling referrals, food pantry, and clothing closet.

Will I be safe?

Your safety is of utmost importance to us! All staff members and volunteer facilitators have undergone both a thorough national background check and a day-long training session at Inside/Out. When open for youth hours, there will always be at least two facilitators on site to ensure that conduct and behaviors of our youth remain appropriate and safe for all present. Staff and volunteers are committed to your safety and your freedom to have fun at Inside/Out, and are always available if you need to talk about any-thing.

Ally Up! 2019

Having a safe space saves lives. We take this a step further by supporting LGBTQ youth feel accepted and loved because they are LGBTQ. We help our youth build the confidence to see themselves as we see them.

Ally Up! Love the Skin You’re in Breakfast Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 3, 2019 | 7am
The Antlers, a Wyndham Hotel

We can’t do it without you.
Take a stand for LGBTQ youth with us by reserving your seat today; signing up to be a table captain for this year's Ally Up Qmmunity Breakfast by contacting Margo Chandler at dchandler4236 at comcast (dot) net  and/or becoming a sponsor.

Interested in becoming a

Donor?

We are quite fortunate to be part of a giving, generous community of individuals, businesses, and foundations here in Colorado Springs! Your thoughtful donation makes a big difference for the youth attending Inside/Out. Our outreach and safe space advances a healthier community for all young people: suicide prevention, safer classrooms, less absenteeism, better health, higher graduation rates, more livable lives!

There is no such thing as insufficient support or insignificant help: ALL that you do matters to the youth, volunteers, and staff of Inside/Out. Please make a contribution commensurate with your commitment and capacity to empower LGBTIQ youth!

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2
4
5
6
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
To build resilience and help LGBTIQ young people spread hope, health, and strength.
7
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
9
Inside Out is CLOSED
Inside Out is CLOSED
May 10 all-day
Special Events and Holidays
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
To build resilience and help LGBTIQ young people spread hope, health, and strength.
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
TransParenting 6:00 pm
TransParenting @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Guided peer-support group for parents of trans and gender expansive youth. Parents please RSVP via email at least 24 hours in advance. [email protected]  
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Rec Night 5:00 pm
Rec Night
May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
To build resilience and help LGBTIQ young people spread hope, health, and strength.
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.
Inside Out is CLOSED
Inside Out is CLOSED
May 27 all-day
Special Events and Holidays
Drop-In Tuesdays 3:00 pm
Drop-In Tuesdays
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and make new friends.
TransFormation Support Group 6:00 pm
TransFormation Support Group
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 
Drop-In Hours 3:00 pm
Drop-In Hours
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chill Time – A time for you to socialize and meet new friends.

What will my donation go toward?

Every dollar you spend with us is put directly toward aiding and assisting the LGBTIQ youth of Colorado Springs and your help is sorely needed! One of our primary missions here at Inside/Out is providing much needed assistance to young people experiencing homelessness who have oftentimes been rejected by their families and are forced to live on the street. With the help of contributions from people such as yourself, we are able to purchase clothing, toiletries, food, and help fund activities to provide life experiences these kids wouldn't otherwise be able to.

In many cases, we are the only organization these youth can turn to for even the most basic needs. Even the smallest contribution can make a big difference. With your money, no matter the denomination, we are able to take care of these kids at their greatest time of need and aid them in becoming fully functional, productive adults. Our goal is to ensure that each of the lives we touch goes on to live a healthy and long existence as their authentic happy selves.

How does this benefit me?

Inside/Out Youth Services is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and any donation made to our organization is tax deductible. We are always happy to provide you with receipts for financial contributions and proof of in-kind donation such as snacks, supplies, and materials for our space. If you would like information about corporate sponsorship opportunities please email us and we will be happy to provide you with any relevant information. Your sponsorship could qualify as a charitable contribution.

What's the first step?

Upon arrival you will be greeted and asked to sign in at our front door, so we know who’s in the space for the day. If you decide to stay, a staff member or volunteer will sit down with you and quickly fill out a brief interview orientation form to gather basic details such as name, age, emergency contacts, and some demographic information. Your information is kept confidential. Afterwards, we will introduce you to some of our other young people and help you in anyway we can.

Can I find out more?

Come check us out anytime during our program hours, Monday 3:30-7, Tuesday 3-6, Wednesday 3:30-7, or Friday 3:30-7:30.

What if I'm new?

If you’re new to Inside/Out don't worry! Our Youth Leadership Team and Peer Program Assistants have been tasked with ensuring that ALL new young people are made to feel welcome and comfortable in the space. These young leaders give tours of the space, can help introduce you to others, and can always provide you with the guidelines of conduct at Inside/Out.

latest news