Out Youth

Out Youth serves the Central Texas LGBTQ+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) youth and their allies with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.

Founded in 1990, Out Youth has grown and changed over the years, but we’ve always retained our most important facet – providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to come together, receive support, and make friends who understand who they are.

We host a variety of programs and services for youth, and provide trainings and resources for parents, teachers and community members.

TED BURTON
Chair, Board of Directors
ted.burton@outyouth.org

NATHAN MICHAUD
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
nathan.michaud@outyouth.org

APRIL OWEN
Secretary, Board of Directors
april.owen@outyouth.org

SUZANNE ALLEY
Member, Board of Directors
suzanne.alley@outyouth.org

GABBY AYALA
Member, Board of Directors
gabby.ayala@outyouth.org

KEVIN HAYNES
Member, Board of Directors
kevin.haynes@outyouth.org

KRISSI LINDSEY
Member, Board of Directors
krissi.lindsey@outyouth.org

AMY SIEGEL, MD
Member, Board of Directors
amy.siegel@outyouth.org

WENDY WILSON
Member, Board of Directors
wendy.wilson@outyouth.org

SHONE ZACHARIAH
Member, Board of Directors
shone.zachariah@outyouth.org

AUBREY WILKERSON
Executive Director
aubrey.wilkerson@outyouth.org
512-419-1233 x1101

SARAH KAPOSTASY, LPC-INTERN
Clinical Services Director
sarah.kapostasy@outyouth.org
512-419-1233 x1102

KATHRYN GONZALES, MBA
Operations & Program Director
kathryn.gonzales@outyouth.org
512-419-1233 x1103
VRS: 512.806.0378

IZZY STAR
Programs Coordinator
izzy.star@outyouth.org
512-419-1233 x1104

RENÉE RANDAZZO
Lead Clinician of School-Based Services
renee.randazzo@outyouth.org
512-419-1233 x1106

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Expect Respect

http://www.expectrespectaustin.org/

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Expect Respect® engages youth, parents, schools and community organizations in promoting healthy teen relationships and preventing dating abuse. Click here to view a video about our program.

Teen dating abuse is a serious public health problem.

One in ten students report having been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the year preceeding the survey. Teen dating abuse increases teens’ risk for abusive relationships as adults; physical, emotional and mental health problems including depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse; unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; and dropping out of school.

Expect Respect offers a comprehensive prevention program for middle and high school students.

Serving Austin-area schools since 1988, Expect Respect is built on an ecological, trauma-informed model and offers a comprehensive prevention program for youth in middle and high schools. Expect Respect has 3 primary program components that 1) support boys and girls who have been exposed to violence, 2) mobilize youth as leaders and 3) engage schools, parents and community organizations in creating safe and healthy environments.
Program Goals and Activities
Support Youth Exposed to Violence

Many youth experience violence at home, in the community, and in their peer or dating relationships. They need emotional support and intervention to heal from trauma and build skills for healthy relationships. Expect Respect provides counseling and weekly, curriculum-based support group sessions at school for youth exposed to violence or abuse.
Mobilize Youth Leaders

Teens want to be part of the movement to stop violence and abuse. Expect Respect educates and empowers teens with the knowledge and skills they need to design and lead prevention efforts in their schools and communities. Youth Leadership Groups are offered during the school year on campus and during the summer in collaboration with the City of Austin/Travis County Work-based Learning/ Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, a collaborative project with Creative Action, consists of talented and dedicated youth who create and tour original performances on teen relationship issues.
Create Safe Schools and Communities

Everyone in the community has a stake and a role to play in preventing dating and sexual violence among teens. Expect Respect works with parents, teachers, coaches, nurses and other important adults in teens’ lives to promote safe and healthy relationships.

 

 

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Kari Hamilton
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Yvette Mendoza Rouen
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Barri Rosenbluth, LCSW
Senior Director, Expect Respect

Abigail Sharp
Senior Director of Child Abuse Prevention

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Vinson & Elkins

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KPMG

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Formerly McCombs School of Business, University of Texas
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Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, University of Texas
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Changing Lives Youth Theatre

Changing Lives Youth Theatre, a program of Expect Respect and Safe Place, tours the Austin area school districts with performances that address bullying, sexual harassment, cyberbullying, sexting and dating abuse.

The Show called Level Up, for example, is described as follows:
“An Epic Relationship Adventure, tracks the journey of 4 teens who find one another and “create a new game” to escape their problems. Through the framework of video games the characters find the skills they need to navigate challenges in their lives and relationships: Alex overcomes their extreme anxiety to find a community of supportive friends; Ray learns how to ask for help to seek safety from domestic violence threatening his home; Jade finds her voice to stand up to her girlfriend’s pressure to come out to her dad; and Zara discovers how to navigate the complexity of maintaining her Muslim heritage while embracing her identity as an American teenager. The play explores how challenges with our families can complicate our dating and peer relationships. Ultimately the characters discover the power of agency, community, allies, and assertive communication to address their problems and strengthen their relationships.”

The Spring 2017 tour include middle schools throughout the Austin metro area including: Webb, Covington, Bedichek, Gus Garcia, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Manor, Pflugerville, Dessau, and Del Valle.

Wiley, Dr. David

Professor, Texas State University, http://www.hhp.txstate.edu/People/Faculty-Web-Pages/David-C–Wiley.html

Founder and Member of Board of Directors, Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, http://txcampaign.org/board-of-directors/

Author of Texas Freedom Network 2009 White Paper, “Just Say Don’t Know”, David Wiley
, Ph.D., professor of health education at Texas State University and president of the American School Health Association, is a lifelong health educator who has focused his professional life on addressing health issues of adolescents. Dr. Wiley has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and presented more than 150 keynote addresses and workshops across the United States on the role of schools in promoting healthy children and healthy communities. As a vocal advocate of coordinated school health education, Dr. Wiley has testified on numerous occasions before the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), Texas Legislature and Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), and has served on the SBOE Review Committee for
the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (curriculum standards) for health
education.

The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
(TAHPERD) recognized Dr. Wiley in 1996 as the Outstanding College
Health Educator in Texas. Dr. Wiley has also received the Distinguished
Service Award by the American School Health Association (ASHA) in
1999 and in 2002 was awarded the Martha Licata Service Award by the
Texas School Health Association (TSHA). In 2005 he received the John P.
McGovern Award from the Texas School Health Association. He is also a
former school board member for the Hays Consolidated Independent School
District in Kyle, Texas. He is the proud father of Lisa, a Baylor undergraduate
and second generation education major.http://a.tfn.org/site/DocServer/SexEdRort09_web.pdf?docID=981

Author of Texas Freedom Network 2016 White Paper, “Conspiracy of Silence”, David Wiley, Ph.D., Professor of Health Education at Texas State University and
Past-President of the American School Health and Texas School Health Associations, is a lifelong health educator who has focused his professional life on addressing health issues of adolescents. Dr. Wiley has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles and has presented over 150 keynote addresses and workshops across the United States on the role of schools in creating healthy children and healthy communities. As a vocal advocate of coordinated school health education, Dr. Wiley has testified on numerous occasions before the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), the Texas Legislature, and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), and has also served on the SBOE Review Committee for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Health Education.The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) recognized Dr. Wiley in 1996 as the Outstanding College Health Educator in Texas. Dr. Wiley has also received the Distinguished Service Award by the American School Health Association (ASHA) in 1999 and in 2002 was awarded the Martha Licata Service Award by the Texas School Health Association (TSHA). In 2005 he received the John P. McGovern Award from the Texas School Health Association. He is also the 2014 recipient of the William A. Howe Award, the most prestigious honor given by the American School Health Association. He is also a former school board member for the Hays Consolidated I.S.D. in Kyle, Texas. He is the father of one daughter and grandfather of one.http://a.tfn.org/sex-ed/tfn-sex-ed-report-2016-web.pdf

“DAVID WILEY, PhD, MCHES is a Professor of Health Education at Texas State University. He is the Past-President of the American School Health and Texas School Health Associations, and is a lifelong health educator who has focused his career on addressing health issues of adolescents. Dr. Wiley has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and has presented more than 150 keynote addresses and workshops across the U.S. on the role of schools in creating healthy children and healthy communities.” http://txcampaign.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TexasCampaignProgram2017_FINAL_WEB.pdf