A simple vision
NB-AGLY Is a community based Youth organization; where we provide a safe and perfect space for LGBTQ Youth and their allies.
A tangible mission
NB-AGLY is a perfect place; where all LGBTQ Youth and their allies come to seek support, friendship, and a family. We provide weekly drop in hours for the Youth to come in and talk about LGBTQ issues in their community and in the Nation; we have also started our weekly Yoga nights, and our bi-weekly Smoking Harm Reduction nights, followed by a movie. We also provide support, and information dealing with prevention of STI’s and HIV.
The opening of “A Perfect Place Drop-in Center” is only the first step. We have a much larger vision in mind; the Youth of NB-AGLY want to provide substance abuse services, mental health services, more drop-in hours, full-time staffing and short term shelter beds for teens who find themselves without a safe place to sleep.
NB-AGLY’s model for the center is always to be Peer Led, Youth Driven with Adult Support.
History of our organization
In February 2006, the headlines in our only city newspaper, the New Bedford Standard Times, was about a teen that walked into a local gay lounge and began attacking patrons with a hatchet, wounding three people. This hate crime galvanized our community. City wide discussions were held regarding the issues facing its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) citizens. Of particular concern was the lack of community based resources and support offered to youth who identified themselves in this way.
New Bedford has made a great deal of progress since that horrible incident. The city was selected by the Human Rights Campaign as a pilot for their “Welcoming Schools” program and community organizations/members began offering social events for LGBTQ Youth.
NB-AGLY was just a small group of teens who wanted to come together and offer support and resources to other LGBTQ Youth in the South Coast region. In July of 2011, this small group came together and partook in the first NB-AGLY event. They went up to Six Flags New England, and enjoyed themselves as a community based organization; even though this event was filled with fun; it brought all of these teens together in a way that they all felt supported of each other.
No one knew where this simple event would lead too. As the year went on, more youth found NB-AGLY; we grow out our space at the United Ways office. We were on a search for a bigger space; A Perfect Space that we could call out own, and on July 23rd, 2012 we did just that. We opened “A Perfect Place” Drop-In Center for LGBTQ youth and allies. Multiple organizations help provide the resources necessary in order for the center to open.
We currently have over 150 Youth who participate in our program which includes drop-in hours, social networking, and community service. The Youth continue to lead the way, and we continue to follow.
To provide a safe and perfect space for LGBTQ Youth and their allies.
- To always to be Peer Led, Youth Driven with Adult Support.
- To provide substance abuse services, mental health services, more drop-in hours, full-time staffing and short term shelter beds for teens who find themselves without a safe place to sleep.
- To promote Equality for all.
- To stop Hate within our Community.
It is important to NB-AGLY that our model is to provide services to LGBTQ Youth and their allies. The goal of NB-AGLY is to be self-sustainable with support and aid from our local and regional communities; including private donations, fundraisers, and funders.