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Young professionals go for extra credit in support of Dallas LGBTQ youth

YPs go for extra credit in support of Dallas LGBTQ youth

Resource Center supporters at last year's Hearts Party fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Resource Center

Give an A-plus to the Young Professional Advisory Council of Dallas' Resource Center, which is hosting a fun new event to support the more than 15,000 LGBTQ youth who live in North Texas.

Dubbed Back to School, the brand-new themed event is happening August 20 from 6-8 pm at the Goss-Michael Foundation. Guests can imbibe complimentary beverages by Stoli and light bites while enjoying the art on display in the gallery.

Event chairs Chelsie Paine-Reynolds and Jill Reynolds have upped the fundraising goal to $10,000 from the $8,000 that was raised at last year's Hearts Party.

“Resource Center holds a very special place in my heart," Paine-Reynolds said. "It's important for my family and I that we give back to the LGBTQ community because programs for the youth are vital."

Founded in 2013 by Resource Center, YPAC is a unique giving circle for young professionals (45 and under) passionate about supporting the emotional needs, life skills and educational advancement of Dallas-area LGBTQ youth. The group hosts quarterly mixers and one larger event, and members are invited to purchase annual, three-year or lifetime memberships.

This group is unique in that members are able to give in whatever way they choose. For example, some just pay their yearly dues and attend events, some help produce the events, and some volunteer hands-on at Resource Center or with the Youth First program. Others are invited to serve on various Resource Center committees.

"I wanted to help create opportunities for anyone involved with Resource Center to ensure that every LGBTQ young person in the community has a place to turn to and call home," said Paine-Reynolds.

Tickets start at just $50, or you can purchase a one-year membership to YPAC and a ticket for $125. All proceeds go toward Resource Center's Youth First Program, which equips LGBTQ young adults ages 14-22 with the skills they need to lead an open life.