We know how difficult it can sometimes be to find information, resources and guidance to support and empower transgender, gender non-conforming and gender expansive youth. We have compiled a list that is non-exhaustive, but full of some great community resources, toolkits, reading guides and other support groups that may be helpful.
If you are looking for more specific resources, feel free to also reach out to us. We’re happy to help answer questions and connect you, specifically to medical and health professionals that are vetted by TGNC youth and shared to be affirming, supportive and provide competent, quality care.
Transformations provides social, educational and peer support, but we are not a clinical or therapy group. There are some other great resources in our community that we feature on our resources page. If you feel in danger, please refer to the emergency hotline numbers we provide here or call 911.
Youth Street Outreach Services (SOS)
Youth Street Outreach Services (SOS) is available throughout the Kansas City area and provided through the partnership of reStart, Synergy Services, and Drumm Farm agencies. SOS provides community-based assistance for youth ages 12-22 who are experiencing homelessness. SOS can help youth access shelters, housing, medical care, and other basic needs. Youth can make an appointment with Youth SOS by calling (816) 204-6747.
Trevor Project offers free, confidential and secure instant messaging, text for LGBTQ young people in crisis or feeling suicidal. You can call them at (866) 488-7386 or visit them at trevorproject.org
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it's just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential. (1-800) 4-A-Child or (1-800) 422-4453
Trans Latin@ Coalition
We are an organization formed by Trans Latin@ leaders who have come together in 2009 to organize and advocate for the needs of Trans Latin@s who are immigrants and reside in the US.
Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
Our mission is to improve the black trans human experience by overcoming violence and injustice in the world through the power, value, and love of all people.
The Kansas City LGBTQ Commission will champion LGBTQ+ matters and recommend legislation, policies, programs, procedures or administrative actions that advance social, economic and political equality for the Kansas City LGBTQ+ community.
Zeke's Freedom Foundation
Zeke's Freedom Foundation was developed to create spaces that facilitate Black love, healing, and joy with the purpose of uplifting our community and centering our activism and advocacy around Black Queer and Trans individuals and communities.
The mission of the Kansas City P.R.I.D.E. Community Alliance is to provide educational opportunities, support, social activities, and advocacy to enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ people in an inclusive environment for all.
Whose Security Is It Anyway? A Toolkit to Address Institutional Violence in Nonprofit Organizations by Lara Brooks & Miriame Kaba
The non-profit industrial complex increasingly governs the lives of marginalized young people who are being criminalized by institutions like schools, hospitals, detention centers, and correctional facilities. Young people in group homes, at drop in centers, in homeless shelters, and recreational facilities are finding highly securitized spaces that are quick to punish and expel them. Our current social context is characterized by heightened racialized surveillance and increasing state violence particularly against people of color. Institutional violence within community centers, healthcare organizations, and social services, in concert with the “helping” industry’s increasing collusion with and reliance on law enforcement, fuels the prison pipeline.
Grants & Community Funding
Trans Justice Funding Project
The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people in the United States, including U.S. territories. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership.
TRANScend Community Impact Fund for Black and Brown TGNC Organizations
Supported by Gilead Sciences, the Destination Tomorrow TRANScend Community Impact Fund will address the disproportionate impact of HIV within Transgender communities with a specific focus on supporting grassroots organizations. The program will be national in scope and largely prioritize organizations led by or primarily serving Trans communities including grassroots initiatives. The program will prioritize organizations serving those areas that are disproportionately impacted by HIV, including southern regions of the United States.
Rocket Grant from Charlotte Street Foundation
Rocket Grants award up to $6,000 to individuals and groups of artists for projects that exist outside of established institutions. Artists are encouraged to address the community at large to address the arts community, or to choose a smaller, targeted audience. Rocket Grants will also support proposals from artists or groups who are interested in expanding their studio practice in new ways, and developing new audiences. Awards are provided to artists living within an 80 mile radius of metropolitan Kansas City.
Third Wave Mobilize Power Fund
Third Wave launched this fund because powerful movements need the ability to respond to and heal from immediate threats and opportunities with flexible and responsive funding opportunities. Organizations do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor to receive funding.