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.

Jason Peno
Executive Director
Jasper Owens
Outreach Coordinator
Alison Solan
Program Coordinator
Steph Tanner
Development Coordinator
Megan Chernosky
MSSW Practicum Student
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our mission

Louisville Youth Group Inc. creates a safe space for LGBTQIA+ Youth and Allies that promotes personal and community growth through relationship building, leadership development and social justice activism. LYG is dedicated to providing youth with skills and experiences designed to help them thrive as community leaders now, and tomorrow. We strive to be an open and affirming community that fully reflects all of our LGBTQIA+ communities.

SAFETY Provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth in Kentuckiana and the surrounding areas to socialize and connect with their LGBTQIA+ peers.
GROWTH Offer young adults the opportunity to grow their individual and communal identities through programming designed to increase their leadership skills, and emotional intelligence. 
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


Deja Jackson

Initiative Coordinator, Community Foundation of Louisville/55K Degrees

Vice President

Rosey Green

Web Developer, ISCO


Bethany Olson

Educator, Spencer County Middle School


Rhonda Hoffman

System Director of Research, Norton Healthcare

Board Membership

Hannah Roy Beaver

Operations Process Manager, Mercer

John Brooks

Artist/Gallery Owner/Poet

Miranda J. Hellman

Assistant Public Advocate, Department of Public Advocacy

Tricia Henninger

Industrial Engineer, UPS

Warren Lambert

Licensed Psychologist, Meridian Behavioral Health

Erin Mahoney

Sales Manager, AT&T

Brian McLean

Psychological Practitioner, Private Practice

Debra Mumford

Frank H. Caldwell Professor of Homiletics, Director Money Matters for Ministry
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Basel Oakley

Medicaid Process Analyst, Humana Insurance


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.