St. Leo’s Food Connection
“Food that’s in – when school’s out!” Many children benefit from the USDA free and reduced meal programs during the school year. St. Leo’s is committed to feeding Lakewood’s youth during the summer months when many youth lose access to nutritional food. The Summer Meals Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and ensure children get the nutritious meals they need everyday. St. Leo’s partnered with the City to meet these needs by going to summer programs and locations where kids tend to congregate and providing seven meal sites throughout Lakewood.
Pierce County AIDS – Oasis Youth Center
Navigating issues of identity is rarely easy, and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, identity issues can become even more complex. For nearly twenty-five years, Oasis has been a safe place for Pierce County LGBTQ youth and young adults, as well as a hub for incredible volunteer and mentoring opportunities. On a typical Friday night at Oasis, 25-30 youth gather to get support, make friends and develop leadership skills at their community center.
Oasis Youth Center is a confidential drop-in, support and resource center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-24. Located in Tacoma, Oasis enhances and sustains the health and well-being of LGBTQ youth by saving individual lives, building community and developing young leaders who can change the world. Oasis is a program of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. For more information, please visit www.oasisyouthcenter.org .