|Mission||Urban Peak helps youth experiencing homelessness and youth at risk of experiencing homelessness overcome challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-sufficient adults.|
|Services/Programs||Street outreach, drop-in center, emergency shelter for youth ages 15 to 21, education and employment assistance, and transitional and permanent housing|
|Service Area||Denver metropolitan area, Colorado|
|Annual Budget||$4.15 million in FY 2011–2012, including $237,000 in RHY program funding for basic center and street outreach services|
|Target Population(s)||Runaway and homeless youth and youth at risk of becoming homeless, ages 15 to 21|
|Number of Youth Served Annually||2,550 in FY 2011–2012|
|Percentage of Youth Identifying as LGBTQ||14.5 percent lesbian, gay, or bisexual and 0.4 percent transgender (as reported in the agency’s FY 2010–2011 annual report)|
|Services Tailored for LGBTQ Youth||
Urban Peak employs a designated LGBTQ case manager who helps connect youth with appropriate services and recreational/social opportunities, including a theater/performance group for LGBTQ youth. The LGBTQ case manager also serves as a resource for other Urban Peak staff members. In addition, the agency tailors the following services:
|Organizational Strategies for Serving LGBTQ Youth||
Urban Peak has implemented the following strategies:
Sources: Agency documents and site visit in April 2013.
FY = fiscal year; LGBTQ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning; RHY = runaway and homeless youth.