April 24 Programs

The Value of Celebration

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With Prism Prom at the forefront of our activities this month, we’re focusing on the value of celebration. For folks in the LGBTQ+ community, celebration functions as an act of resistance. It’s about creating moments of lightness and joy to catalyze strength and resilience, unforgettable memories that can carry us through the darkest of times. 

Prism Prom creates those kinds of memories for LGBTQ+ youth in our community. It’s a dazzling night of inclusivity and joyful self-expression unlike any other celebration across southwest Alabama. Beyond the prom, our core programs offers various ways to engage, connect, and celebrate with others who share your interests and values.

Looking for community, support, or just a place to have fun? We’ve got you covered. For more information on how to get involved with our Prism Prom and other Prism activities, reach out to us at [email protected].

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Prism Prom is the biggest celebration for LGBTQ+ high-schoolers in southwest Alabama, allowing participants to enjoy prom as their authentic selves in a safe, welcoming environment. Features include: dancing, refreshments, a retro console gaming station, photo opportunities, and entertainment from the stage. Join us on Saturday, April 27, from 7:00-11:00pm for Prism Prom 2024 with the theme of Sunken Utopia.

Want to support our efforts to make Prism Prom 2024 an unforgettable celebration for LGBTQ+ youth? We’re offering four unique sponsorship opportunities, ranging from Trident ($2,500) to Eel ($100). Each sponsorship level contributes to the success of Prism Prom, ensuring it remains a standout event across the Alabama Gulf Coast and beyond. Your support helps bring this special night to life and contributes to the broader cause of acceptance and equality in our community.

Preteens Programs

Prism Preteens, a support group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 10-13, follows a virtue-based curriculum that allows participants to earn virtue badges. This month, we’ll dive into our next virtue unit: Justice. Gatherings will take place on Thursdays, April 4 & April 18, from 5:30-6:45PM.

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Prism Families is a confidential peer support group available to parents and family members of LGBTQ+ individuals. Experience a community filled with love and understanding, where you can connect and share with others on similar journeys. This month, we’ll meet on Thursday, April 4, from 5:30-6:45PM.

What’s Your Story?

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Have you volunteered, donated to, worked for, or participated in a program at Prism? We’d love to hear your story!

At the heart of our mission lie your experiences—the moments that spark joy, transform perspectives, and forge enduring bonds. Your stories not only inspire us but also motivate others to engage and make a difference.

Fun at Prism Social

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A youth and young adult sitting next to each other and smiling
2 kids bowling
A family sitting around the table at a bowling alley
2 young men standing together smailing

Last month’s Prism Social brought together over 30 youths and their families for an afternoon of bowling, laughter, and community. It was great to see everyone come together for the event!

Stay tuned for our next Prism Social coming soon!

Prism Teens Late Night

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A group of youth playing D&D
A group of youth playing D&D with purple lighting

March’s fantasy-themed Prism Late Night was a huge success featuring a D&D adventure that challenged participants with puzzles, encounters with mythical creatures, and complex storylines requiring quick thinking and teamwork. Under the guidance of our Game Master, players assumed the roles of adventurers and navigated through a series of imaginative settings.

With a different theme every month, Prism Late Nights stay fresh and exciting, offering a spectrum of activities from open mic and game nights to viewing parties, costume karaoke, holiday dinners, and more. Each gathering is crafted to ensure teens have safe, affirming spaces to enjoy high-school and college-style experiences, fostering a sense of belonging and community engagement.

This month, in lieu of our usual monthly Late Night, we’re gearing up for the much-anticipated Prism Prom. Register for Prism Teens to get more information about May’s Prism Late Night announcement!

Meet Our Newest Board Members

We’re incredibly proud to introduce you to the newest members of our Board of Directors, LoRen Modisa and Aimee Clifford.

LoRen Modisa

LoRen currently serves as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion within the University of South Alabama Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine. LoRen is a higher education professional who prioritizes advocacy and uplift in all her personal and professional relationships. With over 8 years of experience in nonprofit management, educational advocacy, and program development, LoRen has learned to see all opportunities through the lens of accessibility, equity, and inclusion. Most of her professional career has been dedicated to community development and social impact work. She has worked with the United States Peace Corps, Clinton Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Currently, she is a doctoral student and is pursuing research that focuses on the racial socialization of historically marginalized students on higher education campuses. Socially, LoRen is an investor with the Society of Clotilda Giving Circle, founding investor with the Black Girl Scholarship Fund, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a Young Professionals Board Member of the Alabama Humanities Alliance. She shares three children with her husband, Donquiel Modisa, and she enjoys reading and thrifting in her free time.

Aimee Clifford

Aimee has lived in Daphne, AL and worked in Mobile for the last 4 years. Originally from Los Angeles, she has a BA in Creative Writing (with an emphasis in poetry) from the University of California, Riverside and, in 2020, earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Aimee is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Alabama and hopes to receive her clinical licensure in the near future. She works as a school-based therapist in the Mobile County Public School System and is driven by a desire to foster a sense of belonging and community wherever she goes.

In her free time, Aimee enjoys sewing, writing, and watching Star Trek. She has a small black cat named Boo, who is both a terror and an absolute joy.