Day 7: Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Our vision is to promote and support self-confident, healthy, productive lives for LGBTQ youth as they transition from adolescence into adulthood.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center utilizes proven youth development strategies in its after-school program. 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, to 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.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center is the only organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Founded in 1994, Kaleidoscope is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to the organization are fully tax deductible.

Specific areas of need for the organization are basic need items, creative arts supplies, individually packaged meals, and paper products. To support functions of the drop in center and community education, donations are also accepted via check, credit card or PayPal.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center can be contacted at or by calling (614) 294-KIDS (5437).

About the series

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