Also Out Youth
1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota FL 34236

To provide Advocacy, Leadership, Support, and Outreach to LGBTQIA youth and their families.

CEO/Executive Director Donna E. Hanley MA
Board Chair Mr. James Jablonski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Realtor/ Michael Saunders Realty
History and Background
Organization DBA
ALSO Youth
ALSO Out Youth
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1998
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $140,680.00
Projected Expenses $139,090.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Permit? Yes Sept 2015
Registration No 0

Top Accomplishments of 2013

1. Hired a new Executive Director with a strong background in mental health. 

2. Expanded Peer Support group to three days a week with increased attendance.

3. Presented Kye Allums, trans- athlete and advocate, in various forums during Stand Up Sarasota week.

4. Renovated the Drop in Center—including a new mural and fresh coat of paint!—with extensive youth involvement.

5. Launched a revamped website and expanded social media presence with more frequent updates.


Top Goals 

1. Involve ALSO youth in more “giving back” community wide activities and events, i.e.: Kick Butts Day.

2. Launch an Alternative Prom with sold-out attendance and wide community involvement.

3. Reach more students in more schools during our annual Stand Up Sarasota week

4. Further expand the center’s visiting speaker program to feature presentations around monthly themes.

5. Increase the number of drop in days specifically for internal individual development such as book club, college planning, money management, mentoring by community professionals, writing workshops, etc.


ALSO Youth was created in 1992 by individuals who were alarmed at the statistics documenting high rates of suicide among gay and lesbian teens.  In cooperation with other local organizations such as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Planned Parenthood; and YMCA Youth and Family Services, volunteers were recruited to conduct a support group for Sarasota area youth.


Today, ALSO Youth is a non-profit charity that provides a drop-in center, peer support services, educational programs, advocacy, and referrals to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) youth and their allies, ages 13 to 21; their families and friends, and the community.  This safe space enables the empowerment of youth and brings people together to promote equality, diversity, and human rights.

(1) Funds to expand and maintain our "Stand Up Sarasota" week $10,000 annually 
(2) Funds to maintain ALSO's Drop-In Center and expand hours of operation: $50,000+ annually needed to fulfill our potential
(3) Drop-In Center maintenance and upgrades: $5,000
CEO Statement
A confidential survey of ALSO youth revealed that that we still have more work to do.  92% of youth surveyed admit they have been the victim of bullying and 90% of our youth report having used drugs or alcohol to mask their feelings.  A survey conducted in 2011, by GLSEN,  finds that almost 90% of students heard "gay" used in a negative way, 64% felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation, 82% were verbally harassed, and 38% were physically harassed.
Whether it’s an issue of having a place to sleep that night, making dangerous choices with drugs or alcohol, being the victims of sexual exploitation, having low self esteem, or dealing with difficult teachers, we listen and we care. In our 21 years of service, ALSO has saved the lives of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of LGBTQ youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties. 
For example, one youth, Jonathon, was an overweight young man with thick glasses who was very quiet. A constant target of kids' snickering and the butt of their jokes, Jonathon walked with his head down. He had no friends and focused instead on academics. In middle school, Jonathon came out to his peers, and the bullying sky-rocketed. Verbal harassment turned physical as Jonathon was pushed and shoved through the hallways at school.  He was told time and again by his teachers and his parents that "Boys will be boys" and that he should "Be a man and suck it up.” 
He attempted suicide by taking his parents' medications. In a panic, he called 911 himself. He was temporarily institutionalized, where he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The years of bullying, the doctors determined, had left a permanent mark on his psyche.The expensive medications and psychiatric care that followed put a strain on his parents’ budget and his relationship with them. Jonathon was deemed unfit to return to school and put on a hospital homebound program that included homeschooling. His isolation was complete. Then Jonathon found ALSO. At first, he was painfully shy. Soon ALSO became a second home to him. It was here that he found mentors and kids who shared similar struggles. He  slowly came out of his shell and made friends .One morning, Jonathon was sullen and more quiet than usual.  When asked what was wrong, he said, "Last night I had a horrible fight with my parents. I wanted to run away but had nowhere to go. I thought about ending it all. I started thinking of a plan to slice my wrists.  At the same time, I started to think about my happy world at ALSO and I was able to calm myself and go to bed."
This is why ALSO is important. And this is why we are here.


Board Chair Statement
After serving ALSO in various capacities over the past several years both on and off its Board, I was elected its President at the March 2013 meeting. I replaced a President, Greg Taylor, who was second to none, but who could no longer serve because of term limits.
Greg helped bring ALSO back from some of its darkest hours to the re-energized position it holds within the community and amongst the youth we serve.
I pledge to maintain that momentum and with the help of a committed and talented Board along with an outstanding Executive Director, there is no limit to how successful we can become.
Success, however, requires money and resources, and avenues such as the Giving Partner allows us to access and be accessed by donors and prospective donors that otherwise would not have been available. This year's Giving Partner challenge results exceeded our expectations and provided the sprinboard from which we can better reinforce ALSO's mission of acceptance of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
I have no greater passion than to help ALSO carry out that mission.
Jim Jablonski, President of the Board
Area Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org. Type Human Services
Secondary Org.Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org. Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
ALSO offers a safe supportive environment for youth ages 13 - 21. Youth can come into the center to get assistance with homework, college and/or job applications, utilize the computers, play games read, watch movies, etc.  The center is staffed by positive role models who are always available for support and/or guidance. This is a drug-free zone.
Budget $30,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

·       Increase the number of youth visits in 2014

·       Increases ALSO’s visibility in the community by updating and maintaining ALSO’s website and developing updated educational and informational material regarding ALSO’s programs.

·       Develop an outreach plan which includes meeting with at least one representative from each of the high school counseling programs in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The meeting will include the distribution of written material describing ALSO’s programs and planned events for 2014.

·       Develop and implement a marketing plan which will include the development of new informational brochures and a description of new methods of distributing information in the community.

Long Term Success
The goal of the drop in center is to offer youth a safe, supportive environment, free from harassment or judgement.
How Program is Monitored
  • Increased number of youth coming to ALSO’s drop-in-center.  In 2013 the number of youth visits to the drop-in-center totaled 1648.  ALSO maintains a daily record of attendance with the use of a sign-in sheet.
  • ALSO has increased its visibility in the community by having staff and volunteers appear at public events to distribute information about ALSO.  ALSO set up booths at Sarasota’s Pride Day, the Harvey Milk Festival, the Turkey Trot and Bowling in Boxers.  
  • Making presentations on current topics relevant to LGBT youth, such as teen suicide and bullying; and collaborating with other youth organizations such as Sarasota County's Safe and Drug Free Schools Committee, Community Youth Development, Healthy Teens of Manasota, Planned Parenthood, the Community AIDS Network, and the HIV/ AIDS Network of Southwest Florida.      
  •  In the past the youth support group was not successful due to lack of interest and poor attendance. ALSO has changed this by utilizing trained facilitators to lead the group. This has resulted in a minimum of 10 youths attending and participating in the weekly sessions.

Not Working: 


  • We have not been successful in serving the younger age range (13-14).  We believe this is due to their lack of independence (unable to take the bus or drive) and lack of caregiver support.  Some of the youth are not openly out to their caregivers and can not ask for transportation to the center or center events. 
  • Inability to connect strongly with the school districts.  
Examples of Program Success
Youth visits are documented on a daily basis and complied monthly. In 2009 the number of youth visits was 312. In 2013 there were 1648 youth visits to the center.

In May 2014, ALSO will present the area's first Alternative Prom. Alternative Prom is a smoke--‐free, drug--‐free, and alcohol--‐free dance for LGBT high school students, allies and friends in Sarasota and Manatee counties. This event allows LGBT youth to experience a traditional rite of passage with the same comfort and freedom as their straight counterparts. Its goal is to create a safe, supportive space where attendees can fully express themselves, bring the date of their choice, and dance with whomever they wish.

Budget $7,500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Short Term Success The short--‐term goal of the Alternative Prom is to create a fun, safe, and memorable night for 200 area youth. ALSO's youth have been asking for this event for many years, and ALSO is honored to be providing it.
Long Term Success

The long--‐term goal of Alternative Prom is to encourage high schools to create events that actively welcome all youth, no matter their real or perceived difference. Alternative Prom is an occasion for ALSO to make connections with schools and organizations and to create a model of inclusion for local dances and events.

How Program is Monitored This will be our first prom and we hope to have 200 attendees.
Examples of Program Success

Since 2014 is the launch year, success can best be gauged by the strong partnership with The Out--‐of--‐Door Academy in providing a space for the event as well as enthusiastic support from volunteers and sponsors. The Prom Youth Committee has been instrumental in publicizing and planning the event. In November 2013, for instance, 56 youth responded to an impromptu survey asking them to choose the prom theme (A Summer Night) and to suggest songs for the event. ALSO has been busily planning ever since.


Stand Up Sarasota is a week--‐long series of events encouraging youth to stand up to bullying and fully express themselves in school and in sports. The week is built around a guest speaker sharing a message of personal responsibility, respect, and inclusion in area middle schools, high schools, and colleges. In the evening, the speaker traditionally addresses parents, educators, and the community at large in various venues and forums.

Budget $15,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Short Term Success

The goal of Stand Up Sarasota is to reach a wide audience while also presenting a message in line with ALSO's mission of ending violence and harassment. In 2013, Kye Allums, a trans athlete and advocate, presented his own story of self--‐acceptance in the context of a wider discussion about gender identity. Having Kye speak to our community at a time when trans issues have come to the forefront was one of the week's most notable accomplishments.

Long Term Success

By presenting an anti--‐bullying message not only to students but also to educators and parents, ALSO's goal is to promote a culture in schools and athletics that respects and protects all students and athletes, no matter their real or perceived difference.

How Program is Monitored We will know that the program is successful by the increase in the number of schools and students that welcoming our speakers each year. 
Examples of Program Success

Kye's presentation reached new audiences at State College of Florida, The Out--‐of--‐ Door Academy, New College of Florida, and North Port High School. In 2012, Hudson Taylor, straight ally and athlete, spoke to 1,600 area middle and high school students about bullying and considering other’s feelings in both word and action.

Program Comments by Organization

Our weekly support group meetings have become very popular as we see record numbers of youth attending.  

In 2013, we had Kye Allums as our school speaker for Stand Up Sarasota Week, presenting on anti-bullying.   Kye Allums is the first openly transgender man in NCAA Division I athletics. He played basketball for George Washington University and is currently a public speaker, mentor, and LGBT advocate.

We hope to continue to offer our "Stand Up Sarasota" week and make it an annual event for our community.  We also look to help other communities to offer services to LGBT youth outside of the Sarasota area.  Your support will allow us to continue our mission and expand our services.  We know that we improve and save lives.  What a great way to give back to our youth and our community!  

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Donna E. Hanley MA
CEO Term Start Dec 2013

Ms. Hanley holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.   She is currently a Provisional Mental Health Counselor Licensee in Florida and is fully licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. 

Donna has worked as a therapist and an administrator with youth and families for more than 18 years. Her passion and commitment has been helping people who have undergone adverse life experiences to heal and enjoy life to the fullest.

As a therapist, clinical supervisor, and senior level administrator, Donna has solid knowledge and experience in systems of care, organization and management, quality improvement and program evaluation, budgeting, training, internal / external collaboration, and personnel management.

Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 35
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Former CEOs
Ms. Candace Sorenson Feb 2004 - July 2009
Susan Westcott Dec 2009 - Aug 2013
Senior Staff
Molly Swift Program Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
ALSO collaborates with the following agencies: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, Commuity Youth Development, Sarasota County Health Department, Community AIDS Network,  Hedges Pharmacy, Pride Festival, Family Resources of Bradenton, New College
Most effective LGBT organizationWAVE Award (Watermark's Award for Variety and Excellence)Watermark2013
Most effective LGBT organizationWatermark2012
Sarasota's Most Effective Local LGBT OrganizationWatermark2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Governance Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James Jablonski
Company Affiliation Realtor/ Michael Saunders Realty
Term Jan 2013 to Sept 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Mr Chris Best Payroll Administrator
Mr. Tony Boothby Michael Saunders Realty
Mr. Ron Gossett Retired Banker
Ms Tesla Gunderson Youth
Mr. James Jablonski Michael Saunders Realty
Ms. Cindy Kalligher Tropicana/ Pepisco
Mr. Michael Martin Outreach Educator/ Tidewell Hospice
Mr. Jordan Panuelo Student
Ms. Grace Wickerson Community Youth Development
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 73
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Youth Board Members
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $140,680.00
Projected Expenses $139,090.00
Endowment Value $1,500.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Form 990s
Form 990 (2012-2013)2013
Audit Documents
Audit Document2011
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$77,076$84,250$68,312
Administration Expense$8,564$9,361$11,209
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.900.971.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$17,517$29,652$35,358
Current Assets$10,985$26,310$26,929
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,965$9,416$12,225
Total Net Assets$11,552$20,236$23,133
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $68,402Contributions, gifts, grants $79,571Contributions, gifts, grants $63,431
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $8,454Fundraising $10,953Fundraising $19,276
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMiscellaneous Income $100Investment income $190Other $332
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.842.792.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990. Audits for 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2008 are not available.
Nonprofit Also Out Youth
Address 1470 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Primary Phone 941 951-2576
CEO/Executive Director Donna E. Hanley MA
Board Chair Mr. James Jablonski
Board Chair Company Affiliation Realtor/ Michael Saunders Realty
Year of Incorporation 1998