COLORS Autumn Soiree atop the Kimpton LaPeer Rooftop in WeHo. Benefits COLORS LGBTQ Youth Counseling
Upon New Partnership with LA Care, LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center COLORS Announces Fall Fundraiser
COLORS LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services in Los Angeles provides free and unlimited mental health services to LGBTQ-identified youth under the age of 25, their families and their partners. Operating out of Antioch University’s Los Angeles campus since 2012, the center has provided counseling for over 5,000 youth. “Because of the high need for counseling in our communities, COLORS always has a waiting list,” says Cynthia Ruffin, Director of the program. “All funds raised help us expand our services throughout LA by partnering with other agencies that either do not offer mental health services to LGBTQ-identified youth or have limited resources in underserved areas of LA County.”
COLORS has had a milestone year. A few weeks ago, its team celebrated a partnership with L.A. Care and, recently, has been honored to confirm actor Charlie Carver as a host for its annual fall fundraiser – the COLORS Autumn Soirée. Carver is best known for his roles on Desperate Housewives, Teen Wolf, The Leftovers, and the LGBT history mini-series When We Rise. Praised for coming out on Instagram and for using his platform to advocate for LGBTQ rights, the actor is also slated to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign.“We are excited that Charlie will be lending us his talents at this year’s Autumn Soirée,” says volunteer advisory board chair, Dr. Enrique López, psychologist. “So much of what we do is about making COLORS visible in the community and for young people to know how to find us when they need us. Charlie’s action will help us in this community effort.”
LGBT Specialization and COLORS Founder Dr. Douglas Sadownick adds, “I am so proud of the work the counselors and staff continuously do to help LGBTQ youth find healing to reach their potential. We strive to create a healthier community, one person at a time.”
This year’s COLORS Autumn Soirée will take place on Thursday, November 14th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Kimpton La Peer Rooftop in West Hollywood. The event will feature an outdoor reception, international DJ Sasha B and a silent auction. Tickets are currently on sale here for $65 per person with all proceeds benefiting COLORS.
CONTACT: Cynthia Ruffin at email@example.com or 310-578-1080, x320.
ABOUT COLORS YOUTH COUNSELING SERVICES:
COLORS Youth Counseling Services operates out of Antioch University Los Angeles’ Counseling Center and provides free and unlimited mental health services to LGBTQ youth under the age of 25, their families and their partners. Sixteen years ago, AULA launched the country’s first LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology to provide comprehensive theoretical and practical preparation for students training to become therapists working with LGBTQ clients. COLORS was launched in 2012 as an initiative of the LGBT Specialization and has provided over 5,000 hours of free therapy sessions to LGBTQ youth, their partners and families. This project is funded in part by L.A. Care Health Plan and will benefit low income and uninsured Los Angeles County residents. For more information visit colorsyouth.org.
ABOUT ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY LOS ANGELES:
Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University includes a Graduate School of Leadership and Change; Antioch Online; and campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; Seattle; and Yellow Springs, Ohio. A bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education, Antioch University is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) 3 institution and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information visit antioch.edu.