Note: Below you will find all of our monthly Life Development series for black LGBTQ young adults. Each series is presentation ready: they consists of talking points, handouts and a video. Simply link your computer to a projector or TV and you are ready to present to your drop-in, youth group, workshop, retreat or conference. You do not need our permission. Winners help others win. (These are the same presentations we do on the road in every region of the country)

In 2014, the theme for National Youth Pride Services internally is “One Shinning Moment”. After operating under the same mission for the past 10 years, we decided to change the vision. mission and focus of the organization to better reflect what we want to accomplish on the national level. We cut 80% of what we had been doing in order effectively support our new vision:

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

Many people are looking for hope, and may just not know where to find it or how to get there. “One Shinning Moment” is our nationwide effort to uplift and inspire our target population. There is much to be said about all the negativity in our communities (see video below), but we feel this is our #OneShinningMoment to come up with solutions and move to the next level. (These solutions will be updated and listed under the video as they are produced)

Each one of the series listed below the video are available for any organization to use during discussion, drop-in, support groups, etc. Each series comes with videos, handouts, a Prezi or PowerPoint presentation or more! You can also see the series come to life at one of our free Regional Conferences!

For more information, or the add to the campaign, email OR Take the pledge to be more positive towards others this year. The pledge is located in the first post of series 1, Wake Up and Be Awesome!

Series 1: Wake Up & Be Awesome

We are not just telling you “it’s your time to shine” we are giving you a year long path to take that will help you shine. In this series we give you a quick start on becoming “Awesome” with some small things you can do RIGHT NOW!

Part 1: Living Resume vs Paper Resume (Read), related article (Read); Video (Watch)

Part 2: Later Never Comes (Read and Watch Video here )

Part 3: Status Anxiety (Read and Watch Video here)

Part 4: It’s Not For Me, It’s For You, So… (Read and Watch Video here)

Series 2: Selfies

Believing in yourself can be really hard when others don’t. But when other people try to keep you down, just be proud of who you are anSelfies (1)-page-001d stand by the decisions you make.

This series will help you build more self respect, self esteem, teach you how to take time out for and encourage yourself.

Part 1: Worthy of Respect: Developing a strong sense of self-respect can help you fulfill your potential, develop healthy relationships, and make everyone around you see you as a person who is worthy of respect. If you truly want to respect yourself, then you have to accept yourself, and work on becoming the person you always dreamed of becoming.

Part 2: Put Yourself First Your life should be like a checking account, balancing out on a regular basis so that you always have assets to draw upon. This is part 2 of our series “Selfies” Learn how to take care of yourself before you can help others.

Part 3: Don’t Let Others Opinion of You Matter: How To Not Care What Others Think: We all say we dont care what other people think about us, but in the age of social media, we know that is not true. This type of thinking can hold you back. In the final part of our series “Selfies” we look at not only why you shouldn’t let others opinions of you matter, but some steps to make that a reality.


Part 1: There Is No Such Thing As Failure: The reality is that there is no such thing as failure. Whenever we attempt to do something and fail, we end up doing something else. You cannot fail, you can only produce results. The first part of our series “Born To Win” will prove that all those times you thought you were losing, you were actually winning.

Part 2: Another Day To Slay: It’s easy sometimes to define ourselves by our circumstances, but I’ve found that this is a dangerous thing to do as there will always be things in life that don’t go our way or that we don’t control. If we attach our self-worth to the external, our sense of value can go up and down like a yo-yo. June is typically the month we celebrate PRIDE across the country. This is a time that people show their pride externally, but when PRIDE is over, internally some are still struggling with life. Part 2 of our series “Born To Win” proves that you are not whatever circumstances you went through or are going through!

Part 3: Attitude Is Everything “If you start a positive habit and see that it has a positive effect upon your business or health outcomes, your brain is more willing to utilize resources to continue that behavior and scan for new ones,” said Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. “The resulting effect is a cascade of success as greater meaning and well-being fuel more successes than garnered by defensive pessimism or cynicism.

Part 1: Think 3 (The 30 Day Financial Management Challenge. Most of us know we could make improvements to our finances. But we’re either not sure where to start, or we’re worried about the time and effort that might be required to make the changes. So we tell ourselves we’ll take a closer look at our money “someday.

Part 2: Can You Afford To Be Poor? In my experience guilt is a tremendous emotional tool that LGBT young people of color experience with respect to things that hold us hostage from reaching our fullest potential. While I believe that some form of guilt is necessary to keep your conscious and dignity intact, real talk, I have seen how people have internalize elements of guilt, creating shame where it absolutely has no place.

Part 3: Don’t Show Off, Show Up! The battle to outdo the next person is a more attainable goal to most people than a future of having whatever you want.

Parts 4: Financial Management Toolkit: Tools needed to help you keep up you financial management goals.

Next Series: Whether you believe it or not, everything up to this point in your life that has or has not happened to you is because of the choices you have made. Every aspect or our life when examined a little closer can be traced back to a series of choices we have made.

Part 1: “It Looks Like Rain” Whether you believe it or not, everything up to this point in your life that has or has not happened to you is because of the choices you have made. Every aspect or our life when examined a little closer can be traced back to a series of choices we have made. Controlling your emotions doesn’t mean ignoring them. It means you recognize them and act on them when appropriate, not randomly and uncontrollably whenever you feel like it. Take control of your life by taking control of your emotions. This is part 1 of our series: “Choices”

Part 2: “Baggage Claim”: It’s hard to let go of our past. Good or bad, it’s part of who we think we are. We’ve invested a lot of time and energy in our baggage and gone to a lot of trouble to keep it with us. Some people tell others about it hoping to earn their attention, gain their sympathy, and perhaps respect for our efforts. . A lot of people carry it as a way to pay penance for their mistakes.

Part 3: “A Diet Hard To Follow”: You are totally responsible for your life. This is the foundation principle you must embrace if you plan for happiness and success in life and work. Part 3 of our series “Choices” talks about Responsibility. Written by Dejon Smith.

Part 4: “You Are What You Eat”

“Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree.” Our character is much more than just what we try to display for others to see, it is who we are even when no one is watching. Good character is doing the right thing because it is right to do what is right. Part 4 of our series “Choices” takes a look at a topic that is rarely talked about, but everyone broadcasts to the world everyday: character. It’s simple: you become what you consume. Become a person of good character

If you have not started to think or plan for a successful 2015 – you are already behind.

Have no fear, our final series of 2014 will help you end 2014 with a bang. The key to a successful start is a strong finish. This four part series is designed to help you turn a average year into the beginning of a awesome one.

Part 1: The Passion Part 1 of our series “Strong Finish” talks about the first tool you need to end the year right and start the new one successfully: take risks. Regardless of how your 2014 started, it’s the finish that matters. Travis Wise kicks off this amazing 4 part series by showing you the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and what will happen when you do.

Part 2: Mentoring Black LGBTQ Youth Works! Part 2 of our series “Strong Finish” will help you see why Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, John Legend, Tyra Banks, Maya Angelou, Tyler Perry, Micheal Jordan and almost every successful person of color always gives credit to their mentor for the success they have. It was their mentor that was the difference between being like everyone they grew up with (average) and becoming what they eventually were known for (awesome). Step 2 in having a strong finish in order to have a great start in 2015 is getting a mentor.

Part 3: Don’t Steal From Yourself: 10 Things LGBTQ Youth Need To Know To Save Their Future

Part 1: Moving Forward After The Loss of A Parent: Each post in this series is a personal account of a life changing moment that most people go through, but rarely talk about. t is our hope to show through each post in this series that although life brings us set backs, we are only a few choices away from a major comeback! In part 1 of this series, we look at losing a parent at a young age.

Part 2: When Violence Lands At Your Doorstep: In part 2 of our series “Life Support: From Set Back to Comeback!” we look at another experience alot of black LGBTQ young adults will have to deal with or have dealt with at some point – that we rarely talk about: the moment you are jumped or attacked. It’s an experience more than likely you will never forget but can overcome. This is an actual account of how one young man dealt with his altercation.

Part 3: Life Behind The Hanger: The Strength In Standing Out: Part 3 of our series “Life Support: From Set Back To Comeback” looks at how to overcome being “outed” at home AND church by someone you considered a friend. At the moment you think you will never get over it. If you live with your non supportive parents, you have to adjust to a new way of living until you are old enough to leave. Altogether it could be the recipe for disaster as we have seen from horrific stories over the years. Today’s post will help those going through this see use this set back as an eventual comeback.

Part 4: When It Rains, It Pours: For some, faith plays a big role in how they handle some or all of life’s obstacles and in Part 4 of our series we acknowledge that through one of our prominent alumnus. Our series “Life Support: From Set Back to Comeback” takes a look at how one person used his faith to press on.

Part 5: The Past: I No Longer Live There Anymore: Rape or molestation in any form can seem extremely hard to overcome, but is it possible to recover from both rape and molestation by the hands of family members? Part 5 of our series “Life Support: From Set Back to Comeback” takes a look at how one person dealt with a well known, but unspoken subject.

Part 6: A Trans Youth Story of Acceptance: We wanted to be intentional and dedicate one part of our series “Life Support: From Set Back To Come Back” to help a transgender young person who is struggling with the thought of coming out to their parents as well as address if it is even possible to move on when family does not accept the choices made by the individual. We wanted this to come directly from a TPOC (trans person of color). Please enjoy this video as part 5 of our series.

Part 7: It’s Ok To Be Afraid, But We Got This! This series took a look at many issues facing black and LGBTQ young adults today. You were able to hear real stories of adversity turned into triumph. Of course when these people were going through those difficult moments, they had no idea of how they would ever come out from under them. But as they reflect today, they are still laughing, loving and living.

National Youth Pride Services,

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone. 773-YPS-8051