The nonprofit was founded in 1992 to serve LGBTQ youth ages 13-24 in Sarasota County. It expanded into Manatee County late last year, allowing the organization to provide events, programming and safe spaces for more youth than ever before.
On Oct. 26, ALSO Youth announced it had been awarded $23,920 from the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund and the McCauley-Brown Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support its counseling services. On Oct. 27, a $10,000 mental health initiative grant from the Here4Youth Initiative of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation followed.
“I can’t begin to express how much we appreciate the support we’ve gotten from these foundations,” Stone says. “Without that support, we wouldn’t be able to be offering the counseling services that we’re starting to offer and we wouldn’t have been able to start the ALSO, Jr. program and make sure it stays up and running. We couldn’t do it without their help.”