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 Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
Board Chair Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fisher Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc
History and Background
Former Names
Organization DBA
Prism Youth
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization Prism Youth Initiative
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 2011
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $10,500.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2015
State Registration Exempt June 2016
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 every Saturday from12 to 3PM, 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 first ever Pride Festival with unprecedented success.  Over 1500 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 did not provide the funding to be able to fulfill our goals.  
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 has been given space at an open and affirming church in Bradenton.  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.
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. 
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. 
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Now in our fourth 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.  

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
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.
How Program is Monitored
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 
Examples of Program Success 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.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
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.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 2
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
Mr. Jeff Frank Jan 2013 -
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Manatee Children's Services
Manatee County Health Department
Manatee County Schools
Manatee County Healthy Teens
Manatee Glens 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Leadership Comments by Organization Prism's main challenge is fundraising.  We have increased fundraising activities in 2014-15 and plan to continue doing so (including Manatee Pride Festival and other community wide fundraising events).
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
Company Affiliation Fisher Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc
Board Term Apr 2011 to Apr 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Ben Brown Youth Council President
Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHCFisher Counseling and Mediation
Ms. Melissa Rhodes Business Owner
Mr. Sasha Taurke Retired
Ms. Vicki Waters Retired
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? Yes
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
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.
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $10,500.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$4,032$0--
Administration Expense$1,274$8,098--
Fundraising Expense$50$181--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.200.90--
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%0%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%2%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,298$201--
Current Assets$1,298$201--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$1,298$201--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,279Contributions, gifts, grants $5,247--
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $1,074Fundraising $2,168--
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $100Other $71--
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose We have a 5 year goal of purchasing our own building.
Goal $100,000.00
Dates Jan 2015 to Dec 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Prism continues to file a 990N with a budget of less than 8000.00 so no audit is required.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Organization obtained 501(c)(3) status in June 2011 and does not currently have 990s with financial details available.  For 2012 and 2013, only the income statement was provided.
Nonprofit Prism Youth Initiative
Address PO Box 11204
Bradenton, FL 34282
Primary Phone 941 357-0111
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
Board Chair Ms. Valerie Fisher LMHC
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fisher Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names