MEET OUR TEAM
Jason Peno
Interim Director of Programming and Operations
Jasper Owens
Outreach Coordinator
Megan Chernosky
Mentor and Intern

Louisville Youth Group empowers youth with the tools to take ownership of their own lives. We create space for youth to heal and develop into the LGBTQIA+ leaders of tomorrow.

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our mission

Louisville Youth Group is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ young adults that promotes personal and community growth through relationship building, leadership development, and social justice activism. We are a community of leaders, mentors, and volunteers who accept, affirm and uplift young people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Our goal is to always grow, learn, and adapt as a way to encourage inclusivity and foster a wide reach of understanding for all.

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SAFETY Provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth in Kentuckiana and the surrounding areas to socialize and connect with their LGBTQIA+ peers.
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GROWTH Offer young adults the opportunity to grow their individual and communal identities through programming designed to increase their leadership skills, and emotional intelligence. 
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ACTIVISM Reenvision what activism and growth look like on a personal level, among families, and in our broader communities. 
board of directors

Board Executive Committee

President

Caitlin Simpson

Minister, First Christian Church of Louisville

Vice President

Brian McLean

Psychological Practitioner, Private Practice

Treasurer

Michael Legg

Director: Professional Training Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Secretary

Matt Zamorano

Retail Sales Manager, AT&T

Board Membership

Brand Austin

Corporate Logistics-Releasing Specialist, Kroger

John Brooks

Artist/Gallery Owner/Poet

John Gray

Solutions Manager, UPS

Miranda J. Hellman

Assistant Public Advocate, Department of Public Advocacy

Tricia Henninger

Industrial Engineer, UPS

Rhonda Hoffman

System Director of Research, Norton Healthcare

Kevin Lawhorn

Small Business Owner

Chris Miller

IT Professional

history

Louisville Youth Group was established in 1990 by local community members who recognized the need to provide safe, and affirming space for Kentuckiana’s LGBTQIA+ youth. Since then, LYG has served thousands of young people from Kentuckiana and the surrounding area. Today, nearly 300 LGBTQIA+ and Allied young adults attend our weekly programming every year. In addition to our standard programming we annually we host a Pasta Dinner/Talent Show, Prom, Youth Leadership Retreat, New Year’s Eve Lock-in, and actively participate in Kentuckiana’s Pride Month celebrations and Pride visibility opportunities.