ONE-IN-TEEN YOUTH SERVICES
Founded in 1989, One-In-Teen Youth Services is one of the oldest organizations serving the GLBT community in Nashville. Providing a safe, supportive, and confidential place where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth ages 14-21 can be themselves, One-In-Teen Youth Services allows these young people to build self-esteem while they explore their feelings, make friends, and participate in special events. This site was originally created sometime in the early 2000's. Unfortunately the domain expired sometime after 2008. When the domain became available, I bought it with the goal of rebuilding the site using its archived 2006-2008 pages. I wanted a historical internet record of what the One-In-Teen Youth Services was doing for the GLBTQQ youth of Nashville.
I first learned of One-In-Teen Youth Services when I was in Nashville visiting a local company to discuss an ecommerce platform with their IT team. They were interested in Magento and it's capabilities, but before implementing a Magento development strategy for their e-commerce website, they needed more information. I work as a "techie" for a small progressive software company although Magento development and customization happens to be my specialty. The platform is so powerful and vast, while also being feature rich. It’s also easy to customize, and it’s scalable.
One of the company's IT guys was dealing with his teenage son who was in crisis after his best friend tried to commit suicide. Really heavy stuff going on. It was during this period that I learned about One-In-Teen Youth Services and the great things they were doing for the GLBT community in Nashville. I looked them up when I finished my work that week and was doubly impressed. More people need to know about One-In-Teen Youth Services and become inspired by what they are accomplishing.
NOTE: One-In-Teen Youth Services' location and phone number has changed since the creation of the original site.
The latest information I was able to glean from searches on the internet for One-In-Teen Youth Services is below, but I couldn't confirm the accuracy of the information, since their phone was always busy.
One-In-Teen Youth Center
109 29th Ave Nashville, TN 37203
However, the Crisis Intervention Center listed in the site's archived content is still valid.
Please treat this site and its content in a historical context only.
Circa 2006- 2008 Welcome to One-In-Teen Youth Services!
We are pleased to have you visit our website and are always searching for ways to better serve GLBTQQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth who can visit One-In-Teen on the web. This site is undergoing constant expansion, so please pardon our mess in spots - our construction crew is made up entirely of volunteers and we are grateful for the time and energy they put into this site.
One-In-Teen Youth Services (OIT) is a Nashville-based youth agency serving sexual minority/GLBTQQ young adults from ages 14 to 21. OIT is the longest running such organization in the state of Tennessee and serves youth from all over Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.
Founded in 1989, and formally incorporated as a Tennessee non-profit [501(c)(3)] corporation in 1993, OIT was developed to assist sexual minority youth in creating support and leadership opportunities for themselves and their peers. Its services have expanded since its inception from a weekly support group, top now include support for school-based Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs), community education, scholarhips, and developing alternative social activities for youth, the mose successful of which is the annual Alternative Prom.
Currently, we are offering services in Nashville, but we are committed to expanding our services to new locations outside Nashville. OIT offers services from its own independent space on 29th Avenue North.
For more information on the organization, attend one of our regular Wednesday evening meetings or an upcoming event, contact us via email, or call us on the phone. A volunteer is often available by pager during the business day and early evenings. If you need to speak to a volunteer, please leave a message when you call and the volunteer will be paged. When volunteers return the call, they are discreet and will treat any information shared as private.
If you are in crisis or in danger, please contact the Crisis Intervention Center at 615-244-7444.
Weekly support & socialization group - Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
An alternative prom
A coordinating link for high school Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs)
Guest lecturers on diverse topics
The Wood Scholarhip for the Arts to assist GLBT students pursuing education in the arts.
Their own kind of church from the national publication: Advocate Magazine - Issue 967 - July 18, 2006 (JPEG download)
Nashville's One-In-Teen Featured in the Advocate by Jerry Jones (published within insideOut on July 10, 2006)
Do we reject our LGBT children? from Advocate.com online issue June 29, 2006.
American Psychological Association statement on homosexuality from the Spectrum website at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
One-In-Teen opens gay youth center in 'gay business district' by David Miller (published in Out & About Nashville in April, 2004)
Gay teens struggle to find support at school, form alliances peers by Holly Edwards (was published in the Tennessean on March 8, 2003)
One-In-Teen severs from RCC by Joseph Brant (published in Out & About Nashville in October, 2003)
GLBT youth learn about relationships, politics, and social change (published in Out & About Nashville in December, 2003)
Teen pride shines through adolescent diversity by Jerry Jones (published in the Nashville Pride Guide in June, 2003)
High school teens feel the heat of the homosexual hot button by Mary Williams and Scott Young (published in the Nashville City Paper Online on January 31, 2002)
Below are the press releases issued by One-In-Teen Youth Services:
03/23/2006 -- One-In-Teen Announces 5th Annual Gay & Lesbian Prom
Release Date ~ March 23, 2006
One-In-Teen Announces 5th Annual Gay & Lesbian Prom
Nashville --- This year's theme "Rainbow Stars on the Red Carpet" is scheduled for May 6th, at the Onyx Room, located at 624 Jefferson Street. This event is drug & alcohol free and is open to GLBT & Questioning youth ages 14 - 20. Last year's event was held in the same location and attended by 85 teens. We expect about the same size crowd this year.
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or donate a door prize, call him at (615) 414-5531.
03/26/2006 -- One-In-Teen Introduces newest board member
One-In-Teen would also like to introduce our newest board member
Carol Hetyey has joined the board and will serve as the organization's treasurer. Hetyey resides in the East Nashville gayborhood with her partner of 9 years. Hetyey is a loan officer with American Equity Mortgage
04/02/2004 -- One-In-Teen Youth Center Open House on April 29,
Please come to an Open House
Thursday, April 29th, 5:30 to 7:30
1700 Hayes Street, Suite 100-B
Please come celebrate the opening of the new One-In-Teen Youth Center. For 15 years, One-In-Teen Youth Services, Inc. has provided a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 14 & 21, to talk about and find support for being who they are. The new Youth Center, located in a cozy suite of offices in the 1700 Hayes building, will provide a more permanent foundation for a variety of activities for GLBT youth:
- Weekly support groups
- An alternative prom (this year’s to be held May 14th)
- Organization of youth to educate at community functions
- A coordinating link for the growing number of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in local high schools
- Financial assistance for youth to attend national educational conferences
- Guest lecturers on topics from relationships to STDs to Politics
- The Wood Scholarship for the Arts to financially assist GLBT students pursuing post-secondary education in the arts.
If you work with young people or care about the welfare of all of Nashville’s youth, then One-In-Teen is an organization that you will want to know more about. For further information on One-In-Teen, please visit: www.one-in-teen.org
03/10/2004 -- One-In-Teen Announces Opening of Youth Center
One-In-Teen Announces Opening of Youth Center
Nashville --- DeWayne Fulton, Board Member and Senior Sponsor of One-In-Teen Youth Services, Inc. (OIT), announces the opening of the One-In-Teen Youth Center. The new Center is located in the 1700 Hayes Street building, which is in the West End/Elliston area of Nashville. An open house will be held in April, on a date to be determined.
Fulton, who has been associated with One-In-Teen since 1990, views this as the culmination of a vision for the youth agency, the oldest such organization in the State of Tennessee. Founded in 1989 and formally incorporated as a non-profit corporation [501(c)(3)] in 1993, One-In-Teen serves sexual minority youth between the ages of 14 and 21. Its services have expanded since its inception from a weekly support group to now include support for school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs), community education, scholarships, and developing alternative social activities for youth, the most successful of which is the annual Gay/Lesbian Prom. However, one of the factors complicating further development has been a lack of independent space. Until the fall of 2003, One-In-Teen rented space from The Center for Gay and Lesbian Community Services and its successor, The Rainbow Community Center. According to Julia Tate, JD, LCSW, who was elected Secretary/Treasurer in December, 2003, "During this past fall, the OIT Board of Directors was reorganized and we looked carefully at the future of One-In-Teen. One of the new Board’s first decisions was to make finding our own space a priority."
From October 2003 to February 2004 One-In-Teen met at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in East Nashville. "We're very grateful to St. Ann's - they stepped in at a critical time in the life of the agency and gave us a space to meet in," Fulton said. During this period, Fulton and other members of the Board searched for more permanent space. This search culminated with a lease agreement for the new Youth Center. Fulton states "I'm very excited about our new home and the flexibility this gives us to better serve our youth." Sixteen-year-old Adria Brooks, a junior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School and one of two youth representatives on the Board, concurs: "I hope that our new space will help both old and new members feel more welcome and secure."
Fulton, the driving force behind One-In-Teen for many years, began the process of creating the new Center by reaching out to talented and energetic people to transform the One-In-Teen Board. Robert McNamara, longtime social and political activist, states "I'm proud to be a new member of the One-In-Teen Board. I'm especially pleased to be involved with an organization that is helping gay youth overcome the social obstacles that other youth don't have to face." Brad Beasley, MS, a supervisor at the Metro Public Health Department, STD/HIV educator, and department liaison to the gay community, relates "I'm honored to be on the board of an agency that has a long history of helping LGBT kids. Having a space of their own will help the group develop a strong sense of autonomy in a positive way, in turn allowing the members to become role models for other LGBT kids." Other Board Members include: Carlton Cornett, LCSW, elected Board President in December, 2003 and Frances Bledsoe, LCSW, an expert on family therapy and longtime supporter of One-In-Teen.
09/10/2003 -- One-In-Teen ends relationship with the Rainbow Community Center
One-In-Teen ends relationship with the Rainbow Community Center
One-In-Teen Youth Services, Inc. is severing its long relationship with the Rainbow Community Center as of October 1, 2003
Nashville --- One-In-Teen Youth Services (OIT) provided notice to the Nashville Lambda Communication (NLC)'s Board of Directors that it would be severing its relationship with the Rainbow Community Center (RCC) as of October 1, 2003. The One-In-Teen Wednesday evening GLBTQ youth group meetings will continue to be held at RCC until September 24th.
OIT has had a long and productive relationship with NLC and RCC. OIT has been an active part of the Nashville Gay & Lesbian Community Center (renamed the Rainbow Community Center in 2002) since "The Center" was founded. The relationship has been recently strained by actions of RCC executive director, Dr. Joyce Arnold and the controversy related to grant funds from the Brooks Foundation intended for youth services.
As has always been our policy, the youth membership has been involved in the discussion and have approved this decision. The decision to move from RCC was considered in the light of the best interests of the youth members. It remains, in OIT's view, the best decision in that light. The OIT Board of Directors will vigorously support this decision, the youth members and sponsors.
OIT regrets that it is necessary to end their relationship with RCC, but has determined that it unavoidable. OIT is looking forward to a very exciting fall. In the months of October and November, OIT has lined up a series of talks by some of Nashville's social and political leaders. This will give the youth an opportunity to interact with some of the people who have made and are making history in Nashville.
09/07/2003 -- One-In-Teen Youth Services announces Fall Lecture Series
2003 Fall Lecture Series Announced
The One-In-Teen staff and youth members are pleased to offer an exciting Fall 2003 Lecture Series
Nashville --- The lectures will be held each Wednesday evening during the months of October and November at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in East Nashville. The evenings will begin at 6:30pm with the introduction of that night's featured speaker. The speakers will present their topics and take questions from the audience until about 7:30pm. Following the formal part of the evening, the One-In-Teen Peer Counselors will lead a group discussion about the evening's topic, which will run from about 7:30 to 8:30pm.
The Lectures are free and open to One-In-Teen Youth Members, Members of Nashville's School-Based Gay, Straight Alliances (GSAs), and a certain number of guests will be permitted to attend by invitation only.
09/27/2002 -- Middle Tennessee Council of Gay/Straight Alliances to be organized
Middle Tennessee Council of Gay/Straight Alliances to be organized
Nashville --- One-In-Teen Youth Services, Inc. announces the formation of the Middle Tennessee Council of Gay/Straight Alliances. The council will be comprised of student representatives from each Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) in Middle Tennessee.
GSAs are student initiated, non-curriculum clubs. They are similar to human rights, civil rights, and social action clubs in that they focus on discussing the harassment and intolerance that schools often ignore and on some occasions inadvertently encourage. They are comprised of both gay and straight high school students, who are interested in addressing the homophobia in their schools. These student initiated clubs are a growing national response to our schools' failure to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students. Several Middle Tennessee high schools have well established GSAs, such as Nashville's Hume-Fogg Academic High School. As a result of the work of three students, Hume-Fogg became the first Metro-Nashville school to have a GSA in 1999.
Now that an increasing number of high school students are becoming interested in organizing GSAs in Tennessee, the Middle Tennessee Council of Gay/Straight Alliances is being formed to foster peer support for the student leaders. DeWayne Fulton, senior sponsor of One-In-Teen, the oldest and largest program serving GLBT youth, explained that "these students are working without a safety net and, in many cases, the school's staff is hostile to the idea of a GSA in their school. These young people are taking risks and need the support of other youth leaders working toward the same goal and facing similar experiences." Fulton continued, "Anytime you attempt to empower a group of people who are the object of discrimination, you face social rejection, ridicule, intimidation, and even open aggression."
In keeping with One-In-Teen's youth empowerment philosophy, the youth leaders who participate in the Middle Tennessee Council of Gay/Straight Alliances will be working together to address what they agree to be the most pressing concerns. The overarching purpose of the council will be:
- To develop leadership skills within Middle Tennessee's school-based Gay/Straight Alliances and community-based GLBT youth programs.
- To empower the youth leadership of Middle Tennessee's GLBT community to address homophobia and intolerance in schools.
109 29th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203
P.O. Box 40886
Nashville, TN 37204
local phone - 615.321.7288
toll free - 1.877.ONE-IN-TN (877.663.4686)
email - info(at)one-in-teen.org