This weekend, I went with some of my friends in the LGBT sorority to volunteer at
Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Columbus’s center for LGBT youth ages 12-20. Because none of us had ever been there before, we started off with a tour of the center. It’s an amazing and huge building, with a library full of LGBT-related books, a technology center, a cafe, and much more.
The KYC staff member who showed us around also told us about a typical day at the center: after school, they have free time for people to hang out and eat a meal, then a check-in, then a different structured activity each day that lasts until around 7. Around 20-35 kids come after school every day!
My friends and I helped out by cleaning some of their hang-out rooms, making outreach packages, and organizing the donated clothes in their resource room. While we did those tasks, I noticed flyers on the walls advertising middle school mixers for LGBT students in 6th-8th grade, and an event called
Other Prom, a dance for LGBT youth held right here at Ohio State’s own Mershon Auditorium!
Not only was this a great volunteer opportunity, but it was also a wonderful way to see a great resource that Columbus provides for its LGBT community. Although I’m too old to attend now, I wish I had known about it when I was just starting college, and I’d definitely encourage any incoming Ohio State freshmen to check out what they have to offer!