Mission: To enhance the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth by providing them with programs and services that promote self‐expression, self‐acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices.
About the organization: Founded in 1993 in Phoenix, one·n·ten (1N10 INC) envisions a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, are actively engaged in their communities, and are empowered to lead. To that end, the organization works to eliminate stigma, discrimination against, and the bullying of LGBTQ youth in Arizona and reduce the incidence of suicide, homelessness, and job instability among them.
Current programs: The organization's programs — operating primarily out of its Youth Centers and satellite locations — include a housing and homeless program that, in addition to shelter, offers wraparound services, case management, employment and education coaching, mental health resources, and drop-in navigation services for the homeless. The organization's life skills, education, and workforce readiness program offers job/education coaching and classes on topics such as goal setting, communication development, resume writing, workplace conflict management, and financial literacy, while its health and wellness services include prevention and intervention programs focused on suicide, sexual and domestic violence, and teen pregnancy; physical and mental health care, including free medical and vision care, nutrition classes, one-on-one counseling, art therapy, and addiction and recovery referrals; and sexual heath education and testing. Last but not least, the organization's leadership development and community building offerings include a camping program dedicated to helping youth develop their leadership skills, learn how to work collaboratively, and develop a strong sense of self and community; a youth leadership committee and counselors training program; and a youth advisory council.
COVID-19 response: While one·n·ten has had to pause in-person services due to social distancing requirements, it continues to provide food, hygiene supplies, and resource navigation services once a week at the Downtown Phoenix Youth Center. The organization also created a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to provide assistance to LGBTQ youth between the ages of 18 and 24, legally emancipated minors, or guardians of underage one▪n▪ten youth who may be facing housing challenges, unemployment, or underemployment; essential service-related transportation probems; food insecurity; or medical hardship.
Website: Visitors to the one·n·ten website can learn more about the organization's programs, check out a calendar for upcoming (digital) events and resources for parents, stay abreast of recent developments through a COVID-19 Update page, or apply for assistance from the organization's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. They can also learn more about volunteering opportunities, donate to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, and/or make a donation to the organization.
Funding: one·n·ten is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.