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Having a safe space saves lives. With your help, we are helping young LGBTIQ+ people build confidence and community resilience to see themselves as we see them. Together, we can prevent suicide and bullying, build healthy relationship skills, and make youth feel accepted and loved because they are LGBTQ+.

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we help lgbtq+ youth

discover their potential to thrive

The mission of Inside Out is to empower, educate and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,  questioning, queer, intersex, and a spectrum (LGBTQ+) 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.

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 LGBTQ+ kids in the Colorado Springs area.

What are our services?

We do our best to provide an environment conducive to allowing LGBTQ+ 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.

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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!

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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 LGBTQ+ youth!

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programs

    SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    1
    IOYS Closed
    IOYS Closed
    Jan 1 all-day
    IOYS is closed for either special event, inclement weather or national holiday. Questions? Contact [email protected] or call (719)328-1056.
    2
    3
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Glitter Wars 5:00 pm
    Glitter Wars
    Jan 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Game night with veteran volunteer Eric. Games are played that help youth get out of their shell and get to know others. No actual glitter is involved in the games. Questions? Contact Joseph (Program Assistant)[...]
    4
    5
    6
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
    Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
    Jan 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Teaching youth how to be an active community members. Some days are field trips, some days are speakers and some days are classes. Questions? Contact Joseph (Program Assistant) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    7
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Youth Advisory Council 4:00 pm
    Youth Advisory Council
    Jan 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Group of youth working to make changes in the Colorado communities. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    TransFormation 6:00 pm
    TransFormation
    Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Support group for Transgender and Gender non-conforming youth aged 13-22. Questions? Email [email protected] or call (719)328-1056.
    8
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Qmmunity Dinner 3:00 pm
    Qmmunity Dinner
    Jan 8 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Free home cooked meal in the space. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Smart Hearts 6:00 pm
    Smart Hearts
    Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    A safe dating relationship class for youth 13-22 teaching youth about healthy relationships, safe sex and other topics. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    9
    YConnect Panel 3:30 pm
    YConnect Panel
    Jan 9 @ 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
    We’re looking for youth between the ages of 12-17 to join some in person (happening the afternoon of January 9) and online panels to give feedback about youth life and supportive relationships. All participants will[...]
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Poetry Heals 3:30 pm
    Poetry Heals
    Jan 10 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    A group that works to write poetry about current issues in youths lives. Free of charge. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Rec Night w/ Ruth 5:00 pm
    Rec Night w/ Ruth
    Jan 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Game night with veteran volunteer Ruth. Games to help people open up and get out of their shells. Questions? Contact Joseph (Program Assistant) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
    Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
    Jan 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Teaching youth how to be an active community members. Some days are field trips, some days are speakers and some days are classes. Questions? Contact Joseph (Program Assistant) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Youth Advisory Council 4:00 pm
    Youth Advisory Council
    Jan 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Group of youth working to make changes in the Colorado communities. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    TransFormation 6:00 pm
    TransFormation
    Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Support group for Transgender and Gender non-conforming youth aged 13-22. Questions? Email [email protected] or call (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Qmmunity Dinner 3:00 pm
    Qmmunity Dinner
    Jan 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Free home cooked meal in the space. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Smart Hearts 6:00 pm
    Smart Hearts
    Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    A safe dating relationship class for youth 13-22 teaching youth about healthy relationships, safe sex and other topics. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Rec Night 5:00 pm
    Rec Night
    Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Events vary. Possible events: Movie Night, Guest Speakers, Special Events, etc. Questions? Contact Joseph by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056
    IOYS Closed
    IOYS Closed
    Jan 20 all-day
    IOYS is closed for either special event, inclement weather or national holiday. Questions? Contact [email protected] or call (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Youth Advisory Council 4:00 pm
    Youth Advisory Council
    Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Group of youth working to make changes in the Colorado communities. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    TransFormation 6:00 pm
    TransFormation
    Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Support group for Transgender and Gender non-conforming youth aged 13-22. Questions? Email [email protected] or call (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Qmmunity Dinner 3:00 pm
    Qmmunity Dinner
    Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Free home cooked meal in the space. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Smart Hearts 6:00 pm
    Smart Hearts
    Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    A safe dating relationship class for youth 13-22 teaching youth about healthy relationships, safe sex and other topics. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Poetry Heals 3:30 pm
    Poetry Heals
    Jan 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    A group that works to write poetry about current issues in youths lives. Free of charge. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Rec Night 5:00 pm
    Rec Night
    Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Events vary. Possible events: Movie Night, Guest Speakers, Special Events, etc. Questions? Contact Joseph by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Qmmunity Resilience 5:00 pm
    Qmmunity Resilience @ Inside Out Youth Services
    Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Teaching youth how to be an active community members. Some days are field trips, some days are speakers and some days are classes. Questions? Contact Joseph (Program Assistant) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Youth Advisory Council 4:00 pm
    Youth Advisory Council
    Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Group of youth working to make changes in the Colorado communities. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    TransFormation 6:00 pm
    TransFormation
    Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Support group for Transgender and Gender non-conforming youth aged 13-22. Questions? Email [email protected] or call (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Qmmunity Dinner 3:00 pm
    Qmmunity Dinner
    Jan 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Free home cooked meal in the space. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Smart Hearts 6:00 pm
    Smart Hearts
    Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    A safe dating relationship class for youth 13-22 teaching youth about healthy relationships, safe sex and other topics. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.
    Drop In 3:00 pm
    Drop In
    Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Time to come in, grab a snack and hang out with friends. Games will be played and just hanging out chatting about general life before programming begins. Questions? Contact Candace (Program Manager) by emailing [email protected][...]
    Final Friday Drag 5:00 pm
    Final Friday Drag
    Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    A night of Drag. Join us for local Drag Performers and Drag related games. Questions? Contact Joseph (Program Assistant) by emailing [email protected] or calling (719)328-1056.

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

    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 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 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 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 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.

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    “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 LGBTQ+ youth, so we want to make sure you have a great experience.

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

    Fill Out Volunteer Application Here

    Drag Garage Sale at Club Q!

    Come one come all! The drag community of Colorado Springs are hosting a garage sale this Sunday at Club Q. All proceeds benefit Inside Out. So come down to Club Q this Sunday and get you a new wig and some heels and support Inside Out! Club Q 3430 N Academy Blvd,...

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