Prism Youth Initiative
PO Box 11204
Bradenton FL 34282
Prism Youth Initiative is dedicated to supporting, affirming, encouraging, enabling and empowering the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-23 of Manatee County. We are committed to doing this in an environment that is safe, hospitable, warm and welcoming. We want all to know that no matter where they are on their journey, Prism is a place where they can find unconditional acceptance.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
Board Chair Affiliation Fisher Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc
General Info
Organization DBA
Prism Youth
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2011
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2016
State Registration Exempt June 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $24,000.00
Projected Expenses $16,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
In the past year we have provided over 80 youth with a safe place to be themselves and provided case management services. Six youth who entered our peer mentoring program had described themselves as suicidal and are now flourishing and doing well in school.  We have provided weekly counseling by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (at no cost to the youth) which has helped to stabilize and motivate youth who were previously depressed, despondent or suicidal. 
Our center has been open Saturdays from 12 to 3 PM, staffed by trained adults, who provide lunch or snacks.  Youth who attend find peers who have gone or are going through their own coming out process, helping to end feelings of isolation.
This year, as a fundraiser, Prism sponsored Manatee County's third annual Pride Festival with unprecedented success.  Even with pouring rain, over 1000 people (LGBT and allies) attended a half day of fun and music and made connections that strengthened the community and illustrated to the youth that Manatee County can be accepting and affirming.
We has hoped to raise enough funding to expand center hours and to provide greater access to services and the number of clients served, however, while a solid financial success, Pride has not reached the level to allow expanding center hours.  
Needs Statement
  • Expand our peer support program to a full time after school program by increasing staffing to full time at an estimated cost of $30,000 per year.
  • Create a transitional housing assistance program for youth age 18-23 who are homeless at an estimated cost of $25,000 a year.
  • Provide transportation assistance and or vouchers to and from the center, school, or employment. 
  • A video projector for program presentations $1000.00
  • Gift cards for homeless youth for clothing and other personal items. 
Background Statement
Prism first opened it's doors in December of 2010 to address the needs of the LGBTQ youth of Manatee County.  Prior to Prism, LGBTQ youth were being referred to agencies in St. Pete or Sarasota and most youth could not join those programs due to transportation issues.
Prism Youth was able to move to a dedicated small house which provides privacy for our LGBTQ youth. Due to the hard work of a very committed Board of Directors, Prism was able to incorporate in March of 2011 and received it's 501(c)(3) in May of 2011. Our brochures were approved by the Superintendent of Manatee County Schools and forwarded to every secondary guidance counselor in the school system.  In our first year Prism served over 40 youth with nearly 250 sign ins for services. Since then, youth referrals have continued to grow. In the current year, Prism has provided services to over 80 youth.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Tertiary Org Type Youth Development
Prism, LGBT, Gay, Youth Center, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, LGBTQ
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Now in our sixth year, Prism Youth Initiative has been very active in our community serving over 80 LGBTQ youth.  We have helped some of our year old youth who have become homeless due to rejection by family to find safe housing, gainful employment and also helped them enroll in school.  We provide crisis and suicide intervention, therapy by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (at no cost), as well as HIV prevention, education and testing.  Our youth council, together with board support, provides strong  support and skill building to address and prevent bullying in schools.  We work with some community partners to help bring awareness to bullying in schools in an effort to end it.  We look forward to continuing and growing our relationship with the schools in the years to come.  We hope to expand our center hours and services, to provide after school and summer center hours.  We actively work with other community partners to address drug prevention with the youth.

 I am pleased to serve as Board President.  As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I know that the issues that  LGBT youth deal with every day can be life threatening. Without Prism, the youth would be left with no safe haven in Manatee County.
We are very excited and looking forward to new opportunities in the coming years. While we have made great strides, we have faced major challenges in raising adequate funding.  The Board of Directors has a giving policy.  This policy includes not only volunteer hours but also having 100% of the Board commit to provide financial support; however, this is not enough to be able to provide expanded services. We need funding to provide a full time staff member to expand the center hours and to operate an LGBTQ Crisis Hotline so we are better able to assist any LGBTQ youth in their moment of crisis.  
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Prism is the only agency located in Manatee County providing services to LGBTQ youth.  Formerly, this youth population found, to their great distress, that limited direct services were available only by agencies outside the county.  With the help of a committed Board and a very generous church, Prism was born.  Our youth do not come to Prism for a hangout place, they come in need of services.  We have many fun events, but our main work has been helping youth who are alone, rejected, suicidal, and homeless. We can attest to having changed and saved lives. 
The goal of the Peer Counseling Support program is to decrease depression in at-risk youth and provide them with tools to cope with familial rejection and societal prejudice.  Counseling by a licensed professional together with peer mentoring will help decrease the risk of suicide and depression; strengthen program participants' willingness to remain in school and seek higher education.
We refer youth to board member, Valerie Fisher, LMHC who provides (in kind) free family and individual therapy to our youth.  We also refer youth to Manatee Glens for acute care.
Funds will be used to extend our Center hours and provide for case management and follow up.
Case management will include intake, evaluation, referrals for services (including counseling, healthcare, tutoring, family law services, government programs) and follow up on referrals made.
Budget $54,400
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Peer Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
95% of all clients will report a decrease in level of depression as a result of being taught healthy coping skills.  Clients will develop a sense of belonging in a safe place.  Full case management will be provided to ensure client success.
Long Term Success
Goal #1 All clients will be measured using the Beck Depression Scale.  They will be given a pretest and a post-test.  95% of clients will acheive a better post test score on the Beck Depression scale.
Goal #2 80% of all clients will increase academic achievement as evidenced by maintaining or improving grades, decreasing drop out rates, and appropriate response to bullying.  Results will be measured with student report cards, drop out rates, and survey of program participants.00.
Clients will receive tools to increase functioning in schools and handle bullying.
Program Success Monitoring
Goal #1 monitored by Beck Depression Scale
Goal #2 monitored by student report cards and surveys
Program overseen and evaluated by Executive Director and Licensed Mental Health Counselor 
Program Success Examples Several clients have entered our program who felt isolated and suicidal.  These clients are now much less depressed.  They feel a sense of belonging and are still in school and performing much better than when they entered.
Program Comments by Organization We plan to expand this program to be a full time after school program.  Later this year we will implement a structured program that is already in use in several high schools and colleges with proven success.  The program will also be expanded to include tutoring and followup.  We hope to include a vocational component with adult mentors who work in the field chosen by the client.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Valerie Fisher is a licensed mental health counselor experienced in working with LGBTQ youth issues. She coordinates all youth-led support groups and provides case management referrals for services.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Jeff Frank Jan 2013 -
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 2
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Manatee Children's Services
Manatee County Health Department
Manatee County Schools
Manatee County Healthy Teens
Manatee Glens/Centerstone 
Community Aids Network
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization Prism's main challenge is fundraising.  We have increased fundraising activities in 2015-16 and plan to continue doing so (including Manatee Pride Festival and other communitywide fundraising events).
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
Company Affiliation Fisher Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc
Board Term Apr 2011 to Apr 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Ben Brown Youth Council President
Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHCFisher Counseling and Mediation
Ms. Angie Perkinson CPA
Ms. Melissa Rhodes Business Owner
Mr. Sasha Taurke Retired
Ms. Vicki Waters Retired
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization Prism has a very active Youth Council which holds its own meetings and gives input on what services are needed and how the center is run.  We strive to enhance and/or teach leadership skills.  The Youth Council President is a full voting member of the Board of Directors.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $24,000.00
Projected Expenses $16,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose We have a 5-year goal of purchasing our own building.
Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2015 to Dec 2019
Amount Raised To Date 6000 as of Dec 2014
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$8,324$4,032$0
Administration Expense$0$1,274$8,098
Fundraising Expense$0$50$181
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.200.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%75%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$0$1,298$201
Current Assets$0$1,298$201
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$1,298$201
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $10,037Contributions, gifts, grants $5,279Contributions, gifts, grants $5,247
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Fundraising $1,074Fundraising $2,168
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Other $100Other $71
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation
For 2012 - 2014, only the income statement was provided.
Nonprofit Prism Youth Initiative
Address PO Box 11204
Bradenton, FL 34282
Phone 941 357-0111