Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Valley Youth House’s Project Silk Staff Members Highlighted in Good Morning America’s Inspiration List: Who’s Making LGBTQ+ History Now!

Valley Youth House is excited to announce that two of our Project Silk staff members, Chloe Cole-Wilson and Kenny Screven, were highlighted in Good Morning America’s GMA Inspiration List: Who’s Making LGBTQ+ History Right Now! Kenny nominated Chloe for her passion, dedication, and advocacy in her everyday work to empower and support the LGBTQ+ youth […]

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Juneteenth 2021 Resources

On this day, we honor and celebrate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln two years earlier, news regarding the emancipation of slaves had been suppressed by slave owners who were waiting for the war to end. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas in 1865 when General Granger […]

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Statement on the Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

From the desk of Thomas R. Harrington, President & Executive Director, Valley Youth House: Yesterday, a Minnesota jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd. This historic trial and conviction should remind us of the value of every human life. However, we recognize that this case is just the […]

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Statement Against Anti-Asian Hate and Violence

From the Desk of Thomas R. Harrington, Executive Director & President, Valley Youth House: At Valley Youth House, we are saddened, angered, and disheartened by the hate targeting people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent nationally since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the recent hate crime against the Asian American & […]

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Valley Youth House MLK Observance 2021

On Monday, January 20, 2021 our nation will commemorate the 92nd Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This holiday celebrates this civil rights leader’s life and legacy, as he worked tirelessly to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world.  Many know that Mrs. Coretta Scott King envisioned this holiday to be designated as a day of […]

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VYH Hosts World Aids Day Events

Valley Youth House’s Haus of Shadez program in Allentown & GLO program in Harrisburg partnered together to hold a Virtual Ball in recognition of World AIDS Day. Staff were thrilled that 903 young people attended! It really exemplifies how technology can bring us together. Along with the Virtual Ball, HIV/STI testing was available and so […]

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Statement on GLO Program

On September 17, 2020, a group published a statement on its website that contained false information and claims about the GLO program, Harrisburg’s first community center created specifically to serve LGBTQ+ men of color and trans women of color.  Sadly, this statement also specifically targeted a Valley Youth House employee, in an unfounded and personal […]

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Winds of Change: a response project to current events

Valley Youth House’s Art@LV program, along with VYH Wellness and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) committees present Winds of Change: a response project to current events to promote community and peace by flooding our communities with pinwheels.  Our hope is that this project promotes conversation within our communities. All are invited to participate in this initiative.  Written […]

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VYH Launches the First LGBTQ+ focused Host Homes program in PA

#PrideMonth Announcement: VYH Launches the First LGBTQ+ focused Host Homes program in Pennsylvania! Since 2009, Valley Youth House has provided LGBTQ+ young people with the support they need to overcome barriers and achieve housing stability. In collaboration with the Homeward Initiative, Point Source Youth, and the Pride Task Force, Host Homes are a community-based response […]

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VYH Observes Juneteenth 2020

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Valley Youth House has declared June 19, 2020 to be a day off with pay for Valley Youth House employees in celebration and recognition of Juneteenth. “We recognize that the racial trauma that our country is experiencing now is not new, but throughout recent weeks there has […]

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