Welcome to Transformations

Click the links below and read about everything changing at Transformations! We are excited about the following changes and we hope you are too. Please join us in support of our new vision and direction! Donations can be made here.

New Executive Director & Leadership

Transformations' New Vision & Regional Direction

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Past Events

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Thanks for Participating!
August 11-12, 2021


What is Transformations?

In 2016, Transformations was formed as a youth organization serving TGNC young people. Five advocacy frameworks and approaches to care informed our work: harm reduction, trauma informed care, anti-oppression, positive youth development and transformative justice. We are proud to have championed part of the culture change in the Greater Kansas City area to create more inclusive communities for trans and nonbinary youth.

When we initially formed, there were very few groups explicitly serving TGNC youth, without the presence of cisgender folks. We knew that trans and non-binary young people needed specific safer spaces to process their journey. So we formed two different drop-in groups: (a) a general drop-in group for all TGNC young people ages 12-18 years old, and (b) a transgender young women’s group ages 16-24 years old. We also had an informal guardian support space and formed a team of amazing TGNC adult advisors that helped lead our programming, as well as a board that now is composed of over half TGNC people of diverse identities.

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Our programming focused on supporting young people with their gender transition and learning how to access support from other young people who were navigating similar issues, such as navigating school and legal documents, restroom and sports team access, coming out to family, starting hormones, dating and safer sex practices, and understanding surgical and medical affirming options.

Transformations is also proud to be a community leader and our leadership team has served as key consultants on TGNC issues. We’ve been generous with sharing our curriculum, program outlines and practices with other youth serving agencies looking to support TGNC young people. And now there are more programs than ever in the Greater Kansas City area that serve TGNC young people!

Services

DUE TO COVID_19, Transformations KC current meets virtually with some outdoor socially-distanced offerings!  Check out our program calendar for details. Transformations meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 6-8pm. We meet at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1014 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111. You do not need to register for Transformations. Just drop in!

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Serving the trans, gender non-binary, and gender expansive youth of Kansas City is our passion. We partner with reStart and Synergy's Street Outreach Services and their advocates help provide transportation and chaperone TGNC youth who are in shelters, transitional living programs, and/or facing homelessness and housing displacement.

On a broad level, Transformations works from 5 core frameworks rooted from anti-oppression, trauma informed care, harm reduction, positive youth development and transformative justice. We often discuss and incorporate these concepts and ideas into our programming with the youth. We create quarterly program calendars with workshops that are TGNC youth informed and catered to their interests and publish these on our Facebook and Instagram.

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A separate parent and guardian support group meets for adults who are caring for TGNC youth, within the same drop-in space and time that our confidential youth group meets.

The Guardian group is informal and brings together affirming adults and those seeking more support from their adult peers. This adult group organically formed as many of the youth's guardians were driving 30-45 minutes one way to bring their young folx to our space and needing a place to congregate and form their own community of support while their youth meet. Please reach out to us directly to learn more about this guardian group and the location of these meetings.

UPCOMING  Events

Location

Transformations now meets virtually with some outdoor socially-distanced offerings! Please be sure to check out our Programs section for more information.

Workshops

We take pride in creating engaging curriculum, providing nutritious meals and hosting intentional workshops for our youth! Here are examples of facilitation tools we use to create virtual and in-person spaces that are safe and affirming to young people.

Core Concepts

How We Approach Our Work, Treat Others and Do What We Do! 

Transformations operates from these 5 core frameworks. Check out our fun handout about these frameworks/approaches to care below.

Anti-Oppression

Recognize the oppressions that exist in our society, largely based on an individual’s access to personal, institutional and societal power, and focuses on ending these oppressive practices through social justice.

  • Connects various forms of oppression and violence TGNC people experience to intimate relationships
  • Acknowledges privilege and power

Anti-Oppression

Recognize the oppressions that exist in our society, largely based on an individual’s access to personal, institutional and societal power, and focuses on ending these oppressive practices through social justice.

  • Connects various forms of oppression and violence TGNC people experience to intimate relationships
  • Acknowledges privilege and power

Trauma Informed

An approach that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.

  • All TGNC individuals are survivors of violence and trauma
  • Understands violent experiences as part of a larger spectrum of violence/systems of violence

Harm Reduction

A set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with behaviors traditionally viewed as “harmful” or “bad.”

  • A strength-based model that connects to the anti-violence movement
  • Safety planning and options
  • Individual decisions are accepted
  • No pre-defined outcomes
  • Importance of relationship building

Positive Youth Development

Describes any intentional efforts of other youth, adults, communities, government agencies and schools to provide opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities.

  • Treat an individual as worthy and capable, even when the individual does not act or feel that way is unconditional positive regard.
  • Primarily focused on youth-led activities and leadership models
  • Peer-to-peer conversations and trainings
  • Adults are accountable to youth, their needs and experiences

Transformative Justice

A way of practicing alternative justice which acknowledges individual experiences and identities and works to actively resist the state's criminal injustice system.

  • Safety, healing, and agency for survivors
  • Accountability and transformation for people who harm
  • Community action, healing, and accountability
  • Transformation of the social conditions that perpetuate violence - systems of oppression and exploitation, domination, and state violence
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REACH OUT

Transformations Youth Organization has generously been funded by the following community grants and sponsorships:

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