PRYSM

PRYSM focuses on providing dynamic programming and services for LGBTQIA+ youth under 17 and their families. What began as a weekly social support space for queer and trans teens has blossomed into resources, direct support for families, and coalition-building with social justice organizations across the Mid-South.

Now, in addition to weekly PRYSM meetings, OUTMemphis is proud to introduce its newest initiative, PRYSM Care Navigation, a case management program for trans, non-binary, and gender-curious youth ages 12–17. Youth and families can begin by reaching out to youth@outmemphis.org 

 

If you need emergency assistance today, please contact the Crisis Hotline or The Trevor Project:

Programs and Services

Frequently Asked Questions
Do I/Does my youth need to do anything beforehand?
No. At the youth’s first meeting, there will be a short intake form on which we ask for name and pronouns, emergency contact information, and the kinds of activities they would like to engage in.
Who is in charge of the group?
This group is run by our Youth Services staff, as well as a highly vetted select group of advisors. These advisors have been through an application and interview process, volunteer and facilitator training, training on how to identify and prevent abuse, and an extensive background check.
Can parents stay during the group?
Unfortunately, no. Because this space is engineered to be as close to peer-led as it can be, parents are not allowed to stay for the meetings. However, parents and caregivers are encouraged to come slightly early (before youth are on-site) to meet the advisors, staff members, and any presenters who might be speaking that day. If you’d like to arrange this, please contact us via email.
Can OUTMemphis pick my youth up or give them a ride home?
No. OUTMemphis Staff and Advisors work on a strict Youth Interaction Policy which prohibits giving rides to youth. We ask that you make sure to arrange rides to and from PRYSM beforehand.
Who will be in the building during meetings?
During PRYSM meetings, there is always at least one Youth Services Staff member as well as two PRYSM Advisors. Other than that, the only people allowed in the building while the PRYSM youth occupy the space are any special presenters that may be there to give a presentation. No one else is allowed in the building during these times.
Do I need to bring anything?
No. Everything needed for the meeting, including activities and food, will be provided. We do ask to know about any food allergies, diet restrictions, or other such knowledge beforehand so we can engineer the best experience possible for the youths.
What should I expect at this meeting?
Most meetings have some sort of food (either a snack or a meal), an activity (such as arts and crafts, games, presentation etc), and discussion time.
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PRYSM

PRYSM is our group for LGBTQ and Allied youth ages 12-17. This group meets once per week, and is a safe, closed environment for connection, discussion, and most importantly fun! 

At each meeting, the group spends time engaging in snacks and drinks, fun planned activities, and discussion, all with peers who understand their experience.

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Meeting Time

Every Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Contact

[email protected]

 

PRYSM Care Navigation

PRYSM Care Navigation is a new case management program for trans and gender-curious people ages 12–17. This program is staffed by a PRYSM Care Navigator dedicated to assessing, developing, implementing, and monitoring/modifying a participant’s individual care plan. 

Our navigation program is committed to developing and centering our participants’ goals for success, which may also include support for any of the following services, following an intake and assessment:

  • Support for social transition
  • Mental health support
  • Medical referrals
  • Sex education
  • Economic support

Families and teens seeking navigation assistance can begin by filling out our PRYSM Care Navigation Interest Form

Have questions? Contact PRYSM Care Navigator Sarah Davis at [email protected] 

Parents, Caregivers and Families

For parents new to the LGBTQ+ community, learning how to best support your child or teen while they figure out who they are can be incredibly challenging. For parents who identify as LGBTQ+, finding community and other families like yours can also be difficult. We are here to help.

Parent Process Group

The Parent Process Group is a space to find connection with other caregivers, identify the resources and education needed to best support your youth, and process emotions in a group environment. 

This group is free of charge for all and walk-ins are welcomed.

Meeting Time

First Saturday of every month
1–2:30pm
First Congregational Church
1000 Cooper St.

For more information, contact Jerrika Henderson at journeywithjerrika@gmail.com or Sarah Davis at [email protected] 

TransParent

TransParent is a group for parents and caregivers of transgender individuals of any age. This group is meant to be a place for people in this situation to meet others facing similar issues, to learn and grow together, and to ask questions in a safe and affirming environment.

TransParent is facilitated by Dr. KT Hiestand, a certified and licensed psychologist. Please email Dr. Hiestand to RSVP for this group before attending. 

Meeting Time

Every third Sunday at 1 pm.

Contact:

[email protected]

We Are Family

Looking for a quiet space to study, craft, game, or just be? Study Squad is for you! LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 12-17 are invited to join us at the Community Center on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 5:30-7PM for lo-fi music, free pizza, and affirming tutors who can support with homework, college prep, and job applications/resumes! Drop-off and pick-up are encouraged, but there is space at the Center for parents and guardians to hang out.

Contact

[email protected]

More resources for youth and families:

TN SB1 Resource Guide
This resource guide is designed to provide up-to-date information and concrete resources to help transgender youth continue accessing healthcare. Learn More
Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project

The Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project (STYEP) is a new regional effort that provides rapid response support directly to the families of youth who are impacted by anti-transgender healthcare bans in the South. Learn More

ACLU TN Resources

Get answers to frequently asked questions about TN’s gender-affirming healthcare ban for patients under eighteen orapply for legal assistance here.   Learn More

Connect With CHOICES
A trusted provider of gender-affirming care for patients under 18 years of age with locations in Memphis, TN and Carbondale, IL. Learn More
My Kid is Gay
An external resource filled with articles, books, podcasts and more, all focused on supporting and understand your LGBTQ+ child. Learn More
Mental Health Referrals for Youth & Families

Visit our resource guide for a list of our approved and vetted mental health providers. Learn More

University of Memphis Resources
A local resource list for LGTBQ+ teens and families. Learn More
National Resources

A comprehensive list of national LGBTQ+ support organizations. Learn More