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During the HIV epidemic of the 1980s, Kitsap County began confronting the spread of the virus through a community-based task force. In 1990, the task force became a non-profit organization, Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation (KCHAF). Initially, the primary goals were to support the overall health of persons infected and affected by HIV AIDS and to decrease stigma for HIV prevention.
Since 1990, the target population for HIV prevention has significantly changed with reported rates of HIV infection drastically increasing among youth. In order to address the growing need for HIV prevention work with youth, KCHAF decided to incorporate a youth program into the organization. There was already a program for LGBTQ youth in Kitsap County at that time, operating as a virtual center, meeting at various locations, under the name Kitsap Q Youth. In 2007, the KCHAF board decided to adopt this program in order to extend HIV prevention services to youth.
Kitsap County HIV AIDS Foundation started doing business as Q Youth Resources on January 1, 2013.
Q Youth Resources provides education, community, and a safe space for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and straight ally. Our mission is to empower youth to make informed choices and live healthy lives.
The Foundation’s success is due to our financial supporters, our volunteers who provide services, and our board of directors. In order to work on youth concerns of HIV prevention, anti-bullying, leadership development, and more, we gratefully accept donations, grants and memorials. We welcome your participation and thank you for your generosity.