Join Our Board!

NYPS is currently accepting applications to fill 2 open board seats in 2016!


To empower black LGBTQ young adults through leadership development, networking and collaborative events, in order to better improve their quality of life.


NYPS is an intellectual, creative urban movement that focuses on socially forward, leadership and development activities for black LGBTQ young adults


What do we mean by “socially forward”?

NYPS believes the definition of ignorance is to do the same things over and over again and expect a different result. To this end, we only participate in movements, events, activities, etc that are unique, have not been done before and take risks. We always encourage those who were turned away by others for ideas that seemed “too risky” to consider joining NYPS and using our national platform to try out your idea to address a issue that relates to black LGBTQ young adults.

What do we mean by “intellectual”?

We question everything. We don’t let the media, our emotions or trending topics decide our stance on any issue. We educate ourselves on both sides of every issue in an effort to make decisions based on facts and not emotions. We believe there are several solutions to many problems and that no one persons opinion on a issue is greater than the other. We encourage our members to think for themselves and seek out facts.

What do we mean by “creative”?

At NYPS we feel that the best way to address any issue is to follow the lead of those effected by the issue. When submitting an idea or proposal to us, be prepared to lead on that issue as our staff may not be as familiar with your idea as you are.

What do we mean by “movement”?

You may notice that we do not use the word “organization” and instead use the term “movement”. We do not embody and of the traditions or values of a traditional not-for-profit organization and stand against the non-profit industrial complex whenever possible. If you are looking for something more traditional, NYPS is not for you. We are forever changing, depending on our membership and the needs of the populations we serve. Comparing us to other groups you may have been apart of can lead to a rough time with us, however, thinking outside of the box will ensure a successful, meaningful life and career with us.

What do we mean by “young adults”?

You will notice we rarely use the word “youth” and mostly say “young adults”. NYPS is a collection of adults, who act like adults, who we allow to live like adults, who do adult things – who just happen to be younger than the people who have all the (perceived) power in the world. We cater to those between the ages of 18 and 29, but are willing to train those who are teens to become future leaders and welcome their membership as well.

Members must posses the following values:

Intellectual, Creative, Street Smart, Passion, Integrity, Invaluable, Ethical, Extraordinary, Radiant, Delightful, Savvy

To apply, email Maggie DeAnda at

National Youth Pride Services,

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone. 773-YPS-8051