UNC Forms an “Advocates for Youth” Committee Thanks to $10,000 Grant

September 20, 2011

UNC was recently awarded one of only four national $10,000 grants from Advocates for Youth, a Washington D.C.-based organization focusing on the health of youth, to become a partner in their Anti-Homophobia Project.  With the grant, UNC will conduct a project that addresses homophobia and creates a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth in Lackawanna County. UNC has formed a committee, with help from organizations such as Lackawanna County Children and Youth Services (LCCYS), Maternal Health and Family Services (MFHS), Lackawanna County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Employment Opportunity & Training Center (EOTC), to aid in the creation of this project. From left to right are: Dana Fortunato and Stephen Gilia, UNC; Gina Grochowski and Jillian Dudeck, LCCYS; Jim Williams, UNC; Michelle Matay, LCCYS; Tammy Capone, EOTC; Bob Cunningham, MFHS; Angel Atell, Steven Schneider and Eric Kilmer, UNC; Durryle Brooks, Advocates for Youth; Kathy Elkins and Shawna Salerno, CASA; and April Holgate, UNC.