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OutSmart Midlands holds search for director
LGBT youth organization begins a search for its new director, applications being sought to fill volunteer position

compiled by Q-Notes staff
COLUMBIA, S.C. — OutSmart In the Midlands, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and support services to LGBT and questioning youth living in the Midlands of South Carolina. The group is a coalition of health and human service professionals, other volunteers and youth who are dedicated to providing these much-needed services.

The mission of OutSmart is to provide sexual minority youth with opportunities to develop positive self-images through peer affiliation, education and community service. OutSmart strives to reduce the feelings of loneliness felt by some young people who are struggling with issues surrounding their sexual orientation. OutSmart promotes a safe and supportive environment for all youth.

OutSmart helps young people develop positive self-esteem and the necessary skills to become healthy and productive adults through programs and activities including: support group meetings once a month led by trained facilitators; social events; community service projects; Youth Empowered Against HIV (YEAH!) Peer Education Program; LGBT Task Force (a partnership with Richland County Sheriff’s Department); SC Pride Events; speaker’s bureau; resource center; and educational materials.

Dr. Lisa Lindley, a medical professional affiliated with the University of South Carolina-Columbia, has put out a call for applications for the director’s role of OutSmart. Those interested in working with youth should send their materials to her so that the screening process can begin. This volunteer position is a rewarding way to help build the LGBT community by instilling confidence and self-acceptance into youth and young adults as they begin their lives as gay and lesbian members of the greater community.

info: Dr. Lisa Lindley, info@outsmart.org or 803-777-7029

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