Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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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Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

From the Desk of Thomas R. Harrington, President & CEO, Valley Youth House:   At Valley Youth House, we are concerned, saddened and angered by the racial violence taking place across the United States. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are just a few of many race-based injustices that have happened […]

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VYH Staff Appreciation Day 2019 Features Speaker, Risha Grant

  Valley Youth House was pleased to welcome edgy, educational, motivational speaker, and author, Risha Grant, at VYH Staff Appreciation Day 2019.  Risha Grant is an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert. She covers these topics as NBC KJRH TV News 2 for You community correspondent and host of the JustUs series, through her […]

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VYH’s Andrew Palomo Named Top 30 LGBTQ Changemaker

Congratulations to Andrew Palomo, VYH’s Director of Research, Evaluation, & Innovation, for being named one of the TOP 30 PEOPLE nation-wide creating change within LGBTQ communities. We are lucky to have staff members, like Andrew, on our team, who show such dedication and passion for helping youth.  Read more about Andrew’s accolade here.

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VYH’s Project Silk presents at “Bridging the Gap” Conference

Joelle Pitts, VYH Associate Director, and Kim Kitterer from Valley Youth House’s Project Silk program presented at the Bridging the Gap Conference held at Delaware Valley University. The event came from the ‘Bucks County Now is the Time: Healthy Transition Grant’ and was in partnership with the Bucks County Departments of Behavioral Health.  The event […]

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VYH Advocates for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth at the State Capitol

Valley Youth House took its #CouchesDontCount campaign to Harrisburg on Monday, June 5th, to advocate for homeless LGBTQ+ youth to legislators and visitors in the capitol building. With the support of Representative Brian Sims, a Philadelphia-based politician and dedicated advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, VYH occupied the capitol rotunda with a couch to raise awareness about […]

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