With a mission to increase access to mental and integrative health support for GLBTQ youth, Reclaim is working toward the youths’ freedom from oppression in all its forms. Reclaim partners with all youth ages 13 – 25 who are marginalized because of their gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. Through this partnership, Reclaim strives to create a safe physical, emotional, and relational space so that youth may “reclaim” their lives and identities from oppression.
The recession-induced defunding of care for the most marginalized people in the Twin Cities had a devastating impact on GLBTQ youth in particular. In 2009, District 202, a community center for GLBTQ youth lost its physical space and other GLBTQ youth programs across the metro were also cut in the budget process. In response, GLBTQ youth and their allies acted quickly to raise $35,000 in pledges in just three weeks and Reclaim was born.
In the years since, Reclaim has offered therapy for youth and families, training for practitioners, and community partnerships for social change at the intersection of gender and racial justice. Reclaim is working toward its mission of holistic healing. This commitment to the development of the whole person is exemplified in their According to Reclaim, “We believe that the holistic healing work requires all of us to be engaged. We believe in building the leadership capacity of those most impacted and having them lead our efforts in community and healing.”
Since its founding, Reclaim has directly served over 150 youth, the majority of whom are uninsured. However, each week the organization is forced to turn away almost as many youth as are served, due to lack of resources. Reclaim remains one of the only (if not the only) barrier-free queer and trans youth-specific therapy resources in the region.
Take the time to show support for Reclaim’s work at the second annual Celebrate the Love Brunch held Saturday, February 7. The event will feature music by One Voice Mixed Chorus and catering by Cowgirls Killer Catering. The Celebrate the Love Brunch is a great time to introduce family, friends, and colleagues to Reclaim’s work; either sponsor the table and treat your table to brunch, or sponsor the table and collect ticket payments from those who join you. Either way, a portion of your table hosting will be tax deductible.
For more information on the organization or to register for the brunch, head to www.reclaim-lgbtyouth.org.