tgnc youth social & support group
Thanks to the full-project award granted by the Rocket Grants and Charlotte Street Foundation, Randall Jenson (Director, SocialScope Productions) is creating a new healing art video project focused on sharing the resiliency and strengths of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth in the Kansas City metro region.
Are you a transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC) young person under 21 and looking to connect with peers?
There is a new TGNC youth social and support group starting this June, supported by other self-identified TGNC adult facilitators and mentors.
reStart, Inc. - Housing Solution Center
1444 E. 8th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
This is a confidential group and open only to young people 21 and under who are questioning their gender identity or identify as TGNC.
It will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 6-8pm.
Our upcoming Tuesday, July 5th meeting will focus on the topic of MTF (Male-to-Female) trans men and transitional procedures and introduce our lead facilitator, Ash R. Allee, MSW, who works during the day as the Linkage to Care Coordinator at the KC Care Clinic.
Our 2016 summer group dates are:
Food and refreshments will be provided.
Bus cards available if needed!
There is also an informal guardian/parent's support group of TGNC youth that meets at the same time in a separate space of the Housing Solutions Center too!
For the guardian/parent's support group, at the July 19th meeting, Debi Jackson will be a guest speaker. She is the current President of Kansas City's PFLAG and Director of Trans-Parenting.com and will be available to answer questions and provide resources to loved ones.
The Planning Team:
Randall Jenson (Logistical Support) is a queer, multiracial artist of color and the Creator and Director of SocialScope Productions, a LGBTQ documentary company focused on LGBTQ and intersectional multimedia projects. He created the 50Faggots series, which documents the lives of self identified effeminate gay men in the U.S. In 2015, Randall was appointed as the lead advocate to help loved ones and their communities cope and heal from 3 LGBTQ homicides in Kansas City.
He previously worked as the Manager of Youth Services for the Kansas City Anti Violence Project, providing multi-state advocacy directly to LGBTQ youth affected by trauma and violence, as well as the LGBTQ Youth Advocate at Safe Connections in St. Louis, helping build the first regional LGBTQ youth anti violence program.
Randall has received national awards for his 15 years of leadership and work with young people and homeless and vulnerable youth, racial justice advocacy, addressing the juvenile legal system and media’s impact on queer lives. He was a featured speaker at the National ACLU Membership Conference in Washington D.C., on The Oprah Show, and awarded the “Youth Impact Award” by the National Youth Advocacy Coalition.
Ash R. Allee (Lead Faciltator) is a trans-masculine, queer activist and Social Worker in Kansas City. For the past ten years, Ash has conducted trainings on issues related to Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM) in schools, businesses and social service agencies. He has experience as a community mentor for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) youth, and is a founding member of the Heartland Trans Chorus, the first TGNC-affirming choir in the Kansas City-metro area. Ash is a lead facilitator and co-organizer for this summer’s KC TGNC Summit, building a leadership fountain for youth and people of color.