The mission of Inside/Out is to empower, educate and advocate for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gay, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth from Southern Colorado, primarily El Paso and Teller counties.  Inside/Out does this by creating safe space, support systems and teaching life skills to all youth in our community and work to make our community safer and more accepting of gender and sexual orientation diversity.

Ally Up!2017

Biggest event of the year!

For More Than 25 Years, Inside Out Youth Services Has Been Making A Difference In Your Community By Empowering, Educating And Advocating For Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gay, Intersex, And Questioning (LGBTIQ) Youth In The Pikes Peak Region.

Ally Up! 2017 was a huge success. We had over 600 people in attendance and raised over $50,000. Inside Out Youth Services was honored to have Judy Shepard, founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, who was a phenomenal guest and speaker.

We will be looking for sponsors, table captains, and volunteers to make 2018 Ally Up! an even more spectacular event.

Stay tuned for more details to come!

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!

Lend a hand...

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 homeless youth rejected by their families and 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 you make 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 at risk

LGBTIQ youth

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 (updated monthly) 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.

event schedule

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
4
5
6
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 6 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
8
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 8 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 8 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
9
11
12
13
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
15
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
18
19
20
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
22
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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25
26
27
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 27 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 27 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
29
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 29 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
30

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 intake 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 youth 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, 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 has been tasked with ensuring that ALL new youth 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.

volunteer!

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

Volunteers who educate, empower, support, and advocate for youth carry out the daily Inside/Out Youth Services 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.

We help at risk

LGBTIQ youth

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 (updated monthly) 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!

Breakfast Fundraiser - October 3, 2017

Special Guest: Judy Shepard

For More Than 25 Years, Inside Out Youth Services Has Been Making A Difference In Your Community By Empowering, Educating And Advocating For Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gay, Intersex, And Questioning (LGBTIQ) Youth In The Pikes Peak Region.

We would be honored if you joined us on October 3rd, 2017 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at the DoubleTree Hotel for our annual Ally Up! Fundraising Breakfast! It is our distinct honor and privilege to welcome keynote speaker Judy Shepard, co-founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation!

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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!

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 1 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
4
5
6
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 6 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
8
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 8 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 8 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
9
11
12
13
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
15
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
18
19
20
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
22
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
23
25
26
27
Focus and Create 3:30 pm
Focus and Create
Nov 27 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Check In 5:30 pm
Check In
Nov 27 @ 5:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
29
Cooking Basics 3:30 pm
Cooking Basics
Nov 29 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Check In 5:00 pm
Check In
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Movie Night 5:30 pm
Movie Night
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
30

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 homeless youth rejected by their families and 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 you make 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 intake 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 youth 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, 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 has been tasked with ensuring that ALL new youth 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