Town hall set to kibitz about troubled YouthPride

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If you haven’t kept up with the latest happenings at YouthPride – the struggling non-profit for LGBT youth is teetering on financial collapse – you’ll get your chance during a public forum in a few weeks.

The last town hall in which YouthPride was a topic? It didn’t go so well.

But the LGBT volunteers, non-profit leader and business executives who are behind a grassroots effort to save YouthPride hope a March 6 town hall goes quite differently. That group, split into two task forces meeting since Jan. 25, plans to present their final reports on developing a strategy to keep the agency afloat and making contingency plans if it closes.

Task force members will be on hand during the March 6 town hall – a 90-minute sessions scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church — to discuss the findings of the reports and answers questions from the public. It’s not clear if Terence McPhaul, YouthPride’s executive director, and Jordan Myers, its board chair, will attend. Each has skipped at least one of two meetings of the task forces and they continue to hint that Atlanta’s LGBT community is to blame for the organization’s troubles and not its dysfunctional board and the shifting target of a shaky fundraising campaign.

On Feb. 24, the task forces are scheduled to issue their final reports about YouthPride. During their Feb. 8 meeting, they hinted that what they’ve discovered so far isn’t good. The agency faces immediate eviction and nearly $74,000 in debt, according to the GA Voice.

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