Journey to a Trauma Informed Life

LGBTQ+ Youth

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Monthly Events:

Second Thursdays – Art Wellness Space (6-7:30)

(For ages 12+)Eric Reiche is serving up some art wellness activities each month. This is a hybrid event meaning you can attend virtually or in person (following CDC guidelines for masking, social distancing, and other measures). The event will be led by Eric Reiche, an Edinboro University Art Therapy/Counseling masters student completing their practicum here at Journey. Click the link below to let us know you’re coming!

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Fourth Thursdays – Chat ‘n’ Chill (6-7:30)

(For ages 12+) Come hang out with other LGBTQ+ young adults! This is a hybrid event meaning you can attend virtually or in person (following CDC guidelines for masking, social distancing, and other measures). The event will be facilitated by Mindy Luthey, BSW and Edinboro Masters of Social Work intern here at Journey. Click the link below to let us know you’re coming!

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Meet our Staff:

Malinda Alexander Luthey, BSW – LGBTQ+ Youth Program Director: Mindy joined our team for her internship during her Bachelor of Social Work program at Edinboro University. She liked us so much she decided to stick around! Now she’s our LGBTQ+ Youth Program Director. Mindy also is an integral part of Compton’s Table and runs Compton’s Closet. She is currently enrolled in the MSW Program at Edinboro. Pictured below, left.

Angel Spraggins, LPC – LGBTQ+ Youth Advocate: Angel joined our team while receiving supervision to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Angel now provides culturally-competent, trauma-informed mental health care here at Journey and is an active member of Erie’s Black Wall Street. All this while working at the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Pictured below, right.

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Interested in Volunteering?

Check back here in September for opportunities to volunteer with us!


Resources & Collaborators


Compton’s Table:  Queer youth and young adults utilizing Compton’s Table will be linked with community-based staff who assist them in obtaining safe, competent, and inclusive services within the educational, medical, and mental health systems.

AFFIRM Social Groups: Navigating life can be difficult. Doing it without people who understand makes it even harder. AFFIRM is a safe, supportive social eight-week group that builds connection and support. This group is free for Pennsylvania-Based queer young people between 12 and 21 years of age.

Compton’s Closet: Compton’s Closet is a service for queer youth and young adults who need clothing and accessories that acknowledge who they are and how they want to be seen. All items are free to youth.

Greater Erie Alliance for Equality: GEAE is the primary fiscal sponsor of the monthly LGBTQ+ Youth Events Journey facilitates with the assistance of Compton’s Table. GEAE has dedicated themselves to the betterment of all LGBTQ+ people in our community for the past 11 years. Visit their page today to find out all that they offer for LGBTQ+ youth.

GEAE Scholarships: Each year GEAE awards up to three $1,000 scholarships to  applicants between the age of 17-25. Applicants must be residents of Erie County, Pennsylvania. This application is open to those who are seeking scholarship money to any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program. Any eligible candidate who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community is invited to apply. 2021 Deadline is July 15, 2021.

National Resources:

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.

Trevor Lifeline- If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.

TrevorChat- A free, confidential, and secure instant messaging service that provides live help to LGBTQ youth.

TrevorText- A confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ+ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678-678.

TrevorSpace- A social networking site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth under 25 and their friends and allies.

Trevor Support Center- A place where LGBTQ youth and allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more!

GLSEN: works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation’s schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.

Educator Resources

Supportive educators save students’ lives. Having just one visibly supportive educator in a school can ensure that LGBTQ students feel safe, welcomed, and encouraged to learn. Check out GLSEN’s educator resources at for lesson plans, suggested books, supporting LGBTQ+ students of color, No Name Calling Week guide and much more!

Student and GSA Resources

Student leaders are the most valuable, powerful base of action that exists in our country today. When students lead the way, real change happens. Use these resources to work for positive change and build community in your school! visit here for more info: – Check out this resource from on How to Support GSAs in Schools. Thanks for sharing Ashley Clark from!

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