We serve LGBTQIA+ youth ages 5-24, their families, schools, and community connections by providing support, resources, referrals, social belongingness and special events; in Larimer and Weld Counties, Colorado.
We need your help to continue providing programming through COVID-19. Our social support settings are mostly online now, in order to keep our young people and their families healthy, but many young queer and trans folks are not safe to be their authentic selves in their homes.
Our programming provides community, family, peer, and individual protective factors against self-harm, suicide, substance misuse, and youth homelessness through engaging young people in their future and connecting them with resources they need to get there.
Our SPLASH Mission
To create inclusive, safe, and positive environments for youth who may be at-risk or need a safe space to be themselves; while providing resources to young people who may be at-risk or feel disenfranchised due to their gender identity, expression or sexual orientation. Additionally, contributing support and outreach to the greater Northern Colorado community regarding our vision of Equality and Equity.
Our SPLASH SafeSpace Statement
In all SPLASH spaces youth, volunteers, and staff are expected to respect the confidentiality, identities, names and pronouns of all participants. What is shared in SPLASH spaces, stays in those spaces. Everyone should feel safe exploring their own identities in a space that is respected by all, where mistakes are learning experiences, and judgment of others is not tolerated. SPLASH spaces may be in-person or online. The only exception to confidentiality in a SPLASH space is when there is disclosure of past or present harm or danger regarding oneself and/or another person.
Our SPLASH Non-Discrimination Statement
SPLASH does not discriminate based on race, culture, ethnicity, language, physical or emotional (dis)ability, age (youth services are age-restricted), religion or spirituality, socio-economic status, family status, geographic location, educational status, immigration status, judicial background, dietary needs, HIV/medical status, sex, gender identity, gender expression, romantic or sexual orientation.
HOW WE SERVE:
Ambassador Leadership Program & Youth Board of Directors
Young people who participate in our programming have the opportunity to serve in leadership roles with other youth. Our Ambassador program provides training in Suicide Bystander Intervention, mental health and protective factors, that build their skills as leaders to guide them into leadership within their vocational or higher education scenarios. Our Board of Directors has a strong youth voice, as they learn to govern their programming and serve as key stakeholders in the direction and engagement of SPLASH Youth Groups.
Our groups are primarily youth run, many of our SPLASH Ambassadors put together activities and peer support. They use, and are learning, transferable professional, leadership and communication skills through a hands-on approach with often immediate feedback from their peers and guidance from experienced community leaders.
A connection for families to create “play dates” or other (virtual or in-person) get-togethers to support the growing identities of their children.
A (currently online) fun and spontaneous group for young people ages 7-11 that provides connection to other young people who are as fabulous as they are. We encourage families/parents/caregivers to attend Adult Swim to get additional resources specific to their child’s needs.
GAUGE – Generating Acceptance & Understanding of Gender Expression
Our GAUGE group is specific for transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive teens, ages 12-18. Lead by Volunteers who also happen to be transgender, this space opens up conversation and resources that our youth under the transgender umbrella need the most. Trans Allies should attend our regular teen groups.
SPLASH Teen Groups
Our groups are often youth-led and consist of weekly meetups and special events that give LGBTQIA+ youth a safe space to join together for learning about the LGBTQIA+ community. Middle school and high school aged youth can join us (currently online) for conversation, resources, identity explorations, education, (the occasional game of Among Us), and connecting with other youth, we aim to connect with other teens in socially supportive and appropriate settings. We specialize in helping young people become leaders of their GSA’s or SAGA’s in their schools, because we know that young people must feel safe in order to be ready to learn at school.
You can learn more about how we reach youth by following #splashnoco on any social media platform.
We are currently accepting volunteer applications for leaders of this group which will be specific to queer and trans youth of color. The group dynamics and engagement will be set by Volunteers and youth who attend.
QueerYA (formerly called Gap)
Kweer magazine is currently under construction.
Recently developed, SPROUT Student Panel, (Students Promoting Re-education, Openness, Understanding and Tolerance) is a student panel provided to professionals who work with youth for a better understanding of the lives, studies and entertainment of queer youth. Email for scheduling options.
Adult Swim – SPLASH Families
Our weekly parent support group (currently online) helps parents to learn more about their youth’s identities in a space that is safe for parents/caregivers to be vulnerable and real about their own struggles and successes. This space is peer-led by parents/caregivers and is vital to the health and well-being of our SPLASH’s youth. Email for information or visit our virtual page to join.