Where did the year go? Next thing you know, it’ll be 2023.
It may look like we’re back to pre-pandemic days, but the impact is still felt as we return to in-person life. Despite the loss of $650,000 in 2021 event revenue and the challenges of providing services as safely as possible, we actually expanded to meet increasing needs of the LGBTQ+ community and we worked tirelessly for a triumphant return to in-person services, events, and programs this year.
As Youth Outreach Coordinator, these in-person experiences are critical. Take for instance Taylor. During the You Betta Work Fair at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, a youth visited Q-Spot and sat quietly on the couch. Staff approached them, asking about their day, and they responded:
“It’s okay. I just wish I had the courage to go down to the career fair… But I don’t know; I don’t think I have any experience… and I am scared to talk to people.”
After hearing this, staff shared a story about their struggles with networking with others and how they built confidence to do so. They discussed their career interests, work experience, and career goals. They attended the career fair and together made it a goal to speak with all the organizations that attended. Taylor came back to our Q-Spot to celebrate their overcoming their fear of networking with others.
Remember, our services are essential… and so are you. If you haven’t already given, please consider supporting your Center today.