One-In-Teen looks to former members for advice, guidance

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Nashville’s One-In-Teen Youth Services (OIT), an agency serving sexual minority/GLBTQQ young adults from ages 14 to 21, is inviting all of its former youth members back for a reunion.

On Nov. 18 at the One-In-Teen Youth Center (109 29th Avenue North, in the West End/Centennial Park area), former youth members from the past 17 years will be honored.

“We are hosting a party in former members honor,” said DeWayne Fulton, program director. “We want to get their ideas about the direction in which One-In-Teen should be going. We will have wine, light hors d’Oeuvres, and a good chance to talk.”

Fulton stressed the event was not a fund raiser, but a chance to get input from those who had previously been served by the organization.

OIT is the longest running such organization in the state of Tennessee and serves youth from all over Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. Founded in 1989, and formally incorporated as a Tennessee non-profit [501(c)(3)] corporation in 1993, OIT was developed to assist sexual minority youth in creating support and leadership opportunities for themselves and their peers.

Its services include a weekly support group, support for school-based Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs), community education, scholarships, and developing alternative social activities for youth, including an annual Alternative Prom.

“Currently, we are offering services in Nashville, but we are committed to expanding our services to new locations outside Nashville,” Fulton said. “Over the last 17 years we have become Tennessee’s premier GLBT youth service agency. We have had great boards, great volunteers, and great youth participants.”

The event will take place on November 18th from 1 to 3 p.m., with current board members and of OIT present.

“We simply need some great creativity and thoughtfulness from our former members,” Fulton said.
For more information and/or directions, please contact Fulton at 615-321-7288 or by email dewayne@realprogressive.com.