Pacific Pride Foundation takes a lifespan approach to LGBTQ+ Programming, with all offerings explicitly inclusive of Transgender and Gender Diverse individuals, including...
PROUD LGBTQ+ Youth Program (12 – 17 years):
Support for Caregivers and Families of LGBTQ+ Individuals:
Middle and High School Outreach:
New LGBTQ+ Young Adult Program (18 – 25+ years):
LGBTQ+ Sensitivity Trainings:
LGBT+ Elder Program:
At present, our LGBTQ+ Program and sensitivity trainings are overseen by our LGBTQ+ Outreach Advocate Patrick Lyra (a two-name first name like “Mary Beth”) Lanier, under the supervision of our Executive Director.
Patrick Lyra holds a B.A. in African-American literature from Vassar College, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Somatic Psychology Emphasis, ten years of teaching experience (preschool & kindergarten), and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 98562. In addition, Patrick Lyra has spent the last five years as an MFT Intern in PPF’s Counseling Center—where they co-facilitated the PROUD Youth Group from 2011 - 2012, and where they still see clients at present.
Our LGBTQ+ Outreach Advocate provides individualized trainings in-house to groups of 4 – 6 individuals, the cost of which varies depending on the number of participants. If you’re interested in such personalized trainings, contact Patrick Lyra at email@example.com for more information.
All of PPF’s sensitivity trainings provide full coverage of Transgender and Gender Diverse identities—an important concern for our LGBTQ+ Outreach Advocate, who identifies as transgender (agender) and queer. Whether as part of a full LGBTQ+ training (paired with Sexualities 101), or whether as a specialized module focusing just on Gender Diversity, PPF can tailor a training to suit your needs.
In 2014-15, PPF…
One proven method of preventing the spread of HIV & Hep C is to offer injection drug users harm reduction counseling and syringe exchange—as exposure to both HIV and Hep C can occur from sharing unsterilized needles. PPF offers harm reduction, risk assessment, sterile syringes and various other supplies and materials to help reduce the spread of blood born pathogens and support those who may be struggling with substance dependency. PPF’s Syringe Exchange has not been cut and will continue to offer services Wednesdays, 3 – 6 PM in Santa Barbara, and Thursdays, 3 – 6 PM in Santa Maria.
In 2014-15, PPF collected 68,976 contaminated syringes, supported 394 unique clients via 1,286 discrete exchanges and distributed 54,654 sterile syringes. Our Syringe Exchange staff offer each exchange client harm reduction counseling, frefer interested clients to substance abuse treatment programs and to other resources—including the many LGBTQ+-friendly Anonymous sobriety groups that meet weekly in PPF’s offices.