Kaleidoscope Youth Center is the only organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies.
Founded in 1994, Kaleidoscope is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Kaleidoscope Youth Center is to work in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement.
Our vision is for youth across the spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identity to live healthy, whole lives with acceptance and freedom from oppression. We stay true to our mission by intentionally partnering with young people to create and implement programs and services that enhance the lives of LGBTQ youth and allies in five key areas: social and behavioral health; holistic health and wellness; life-skills development; identity affirmation and community building; and leadership development, empowerment, and advocacy.
The Center includes the Tom W. Davis family room, the Kiwanis Club of Columbus Multipurpose Room, the Virginia West and Nina West Performance Space, the David Bohnett Cyber Center, a gaming room, a creative arts gallery, the KYC Cafe, a full kitchen featuring hot food and other snacks, and a resource room with clothing and hygiene items.
For the past three years, Kaleidoscope has been able to develop additional programs offering self-esteem, health and wellness programs and assistance with Genders and Sexualities Alliances in Columbus City Schools and Franklin County schools (along with those in contiguous counties). Kaleidoscope Youth Center utilizes proven “youth development” strategies in its out-of-school programming.
As has been true since its inception, Kaleidoscope continues to advocate for policies that help LGBTQ youth with regard to safe schools, mental health, personal development, and other important areas.
As a youth service agency serving the Central Ohio area, Kaleidoscope Youth Center has become a well-respected community-based organization providing direct services to youth, training and education to youth service providers, and important information relating to sexual orientation and gender identity issues to the community at large. From peer-to-peer programs to HIV prevention and education, after-school programs and peer counseling services, Kaleidoscope assists LGBTQ youth in the transition to healthy, productive adults and provides them with the necessary tools to become leaders in the greater community.