Psycho-educational work is at the core of much of the work we do at the Ruth Ellis Center. This means in our work, we do not only provide new information to youth, but we also ask them how this new information makes the feel. We know this experience provides the opportunity for learning to be more transformational. As a part of our summer internship program in 2013 youth explored fashion and gender expression. Watch the video above to explore this program further.
January 17, 2013: Grammy Award winning, pop-rock trio FUN. announced plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center. Funds for the campaign will be raised through The Ally Coalition [TAC], a collaborative effort of the band and designer Rachel Antonoff. TAC’s mission is to create a coalition of allies that will aid and encourage fellow artists and people from every walk of life, to use their voices and influence to end discrimination against LGBTQ people.
The mission of the Ruth Ellis Center is to provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning youth.
The Ruth Ellis Center, incorporated in 1999, is a youth social services agency that serves the needs of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. We are one of the nation’s leading experts on vulnerable youth who are experiencing residential instability. The REC is the only organization in the country that has a Residential program for LGBTQ youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system, and is mission specific to LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.
While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed, and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity and/or sexual orientation is turned away or denied services. Furthermore, all youth who seek our assistance receive the highest level of services based on trauma informed care, late adolescent development theory, and best practices for serving homeless youth.