Kaleidoscope Youth Center Inc.
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P.O. Box 8104
Columbus, OH 43201
Ms. Amy E. Eldridge
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CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Amy E. Eldridge
Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Robert Hardin-Leeth

Work in partnership with young people in central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ and ally youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • Our after school programming served 352 youth (nearly double the number of youth served last year) who made a total of 3,690 visits.

  • The fifth and sixth Ohio GSA Summits provided youth and youth-serving adults with training, empowerment, and tools needed to affect change in their schools and communities.

  • We identified and leased a 5,000 sq. ft. facility that is wheelchair accessible, centrally located, and accessible by bus to meet the growing needs of central Ohio's LGBTQ and ally youth population.

  • In collaboration with the Wexner Center for the Arts, we sponsored a vibrantly successful Other Prom, providing 283 LGBTQ and ally youth a fabulous, free, fun, safe, and empowering environment for this traditional high school experience.

  • The Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA) grew to 86 alliances in Ohio schools. The Youth Leadership Council, a panel of GSA members, worked under the guidance of the network program coordinator to develop educational and social programming.


  • We will continue to expand outreach and participation in our LGBTQ Youth Center programs, reaching more youth in our community who will benefit from our services.

  • We will increase the number of schools in our GSA Network to 95 and the number of schools and organizations represented at each GSA Summit to 35.

  • We will develop new and strengthen existing relationships with youth-serving community organizations, particularly those that provide mental health and case management services, in order to meet the needs of vulnerable youth populations.

Background Statement

The first meeting of what was to become Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC) occurred on February 10, 1994 at the Short Stop Teen Drop-In Center. For the first year of its existence, Kaleidoscope operated as a referral service, providing youth and their families access to supportive professionals. It soon became clear that the youth community's primary need was a place to meet and socialize with other youth, increase their feelings of connectivity to other young people, and reduce their sense of isolation in the greater central Ohio community.

This led Kaleidoscope Youth Center to offer youth socialization and support groups a couple of evenings each week. As KYC evolved, it began offering evening drop-in hours primarily staffed by community volunteers. From the beginning, KYC collaborated with local social work and counseling support services to provide support groups and other services for youth. Over the years, Kaleidoscope has called a number of locations home. In winter 2004, the Center moved to a storefront location in the Lennox Center. This move expanded Kaleidoscope's usable space, allowing the organization to significantly expand its hours of operations to offer afterschool programs, a recreation space, creative arts programming, and a lending library. The Center's move to the University District in June 2006 provided greater public transportation accessibility and created the kind of youth-friendly space critical to Kaleidoscope's work. In 2016, KYC moved to 603 E. Town St. in the Discovery District.

Kaleidoscope’s programming focuses on building resiliency and reducing risk factors for LGBTQ young people ages 12-20. KYC engages young people in inclusive, affirming, and empowering positive youth development programming. Our staff, volunteers, and participants work together to cultivate a safe and supportive community in which participants can thrive.



Ms. Amy E. Eldridge, 
Term Start 11/2011 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Amy joined Kaleidoscope in November 2011 after spending time in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Amy utilizes her wealth of both executive and administrative experience to strengthen Kaleidoscope’s core programs and help set the direction and to build relationships with other organizations and community members to ensure that Kaleidoscope’s youth have access to needed resources.

Amy received her bachelor's degree in history of art from The Ohio State University.

Ms. Kristen Godfrey MSW, 
Biographical Statement

Kristen joins Kaleidoscope as the Center Program Manager. Originally from Arizona, she is a recent Master of Social Work graduate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While attending UTK, she was the Safe Zone coordinator, a campus organizer and the OUTstanding co-director, an annual LGBTQ+ conference. Kristen is particularly passionate about social justice, foster care and the importance of intersectionality and youth-led community organizing. She is so excited to join the KYC family and she looks forward to working alongside amazing youth.

Ms. Danielle Boyd MSSA, 
Biographical Statement

Danielle joined the Kaleidoscope staff as the GSA network coordinator. A native of Cleveland, Danielle earned a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College before returning to her hometown to earn a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. Her interests led her to gain experience in research, education, and program implementation. In her role, she works closely with youth leaders, school communities, and youth-serving organizations, assisting them as they exchange resources, make connections, and navigate the GSA club development process.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 50 
Staff Retention Rate: 75% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information

KYC partners with many youth-serving and like-minded organizations. Collaborations include Equitas Health, BRAVO, CenterLink, Columbus State Community College, Huckleberry House, National Association of GSA Networks, Nationwide Children's Hospital, OSU STAR House, Southeast, Stonewall Columbus, The Ohio State University, The Salvation Army of Central Ohio, TransOhio, Community Shares, United Way of Central Ohio, and Wexner Center for the Arts.


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Robert Hardin-Leeth,
Board Chair Term 1/2016 -  12/2016  
Board Members
Mr. J. Samuel Anderson,  
Mr. Bob Barnes,  
Ms. Carol Cosler M.B.A,  
Mr. Raphael Davis-Williams Esq.,  
Ms. Teri Kinsway LISW,  
Mr. Gregory Kromenacker M.B.A,  
Mr. Robert Sanders Esq.,  
Mr. Allan Showalter Esq.,  
Ms. Laura Vermilya CPA,  
Mr. Gregory Zunkiewicz M.B.A,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually 12 
Board Meeting Attendance 79% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 91%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Gender Female 36%
  Male 64%
Race African-American/Black 9%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 91%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Teen Outreach Program

Access to the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) curriculum has been made possible through collaboration with Columbus Public Health, which selected KYC as one of nine community non-profit organizations to implement TOP. This curriculum runs throughout the school year and offers young people the opportunity to engage in programming that supports life-skills development, healthy behaviors, and developing a sense of purpose. TOP includes a strong community service-learning component, which is programming KYC participants have requested. It also carries an excellent evidence-base demonstrating a lower risk of school suspension, course failure, and pregnancy for teens that completed the TOP experience.

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KYC's Ohio GSA Network

KYC's Ohio GSA Network creates, encourages, and provides resources for safe and supportive environments for youth beyond the walls of the Center. The focus is partnering with youth and staff in schools and youth-serving organizations to connect them with each other and with services and resources provided through Kaleidoscope Youth Center. KYC provides:

  1. Consulting and training for K-12 school administration, faculty, and youth-serving professionals;
  2. Training and support for GSAs at middle and high schools; and
  3. Special events and weekend programming providing safe social space, peer support, and networking with youth from the community.

The Youth Leadership Council, a panel of students selected by application and interview, works closely with the GSA Network coordinator to develop educational and social programming for KYC's Ohio GSA Network, including planning for Other Prom and the Ohio GSA Summits.

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Major Social Events

KYC produces and co-sponsors major social events that attract LGBTQ and ally youth from the community. The annual Other Prom held at the Wexner Center for the Arts has proved extremely popular. Each year, KYC organizes a group of youth who march in the PRIDE Parade. Other events, such as ice skating and Barb-B-Queer, provide fun, safe, positive venues for youth planning, organizing, leadership, and making positive new connections with peers and adult mentors.

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Creative Arts

Creative arts programming engages youth in the preparation and performance of musical, creative writing, and visual arts. Youth have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of activities--from painting, to dance, to visual arts--in a positive and safe environment.

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LGBTQ Youth Center

The youth center includes a living room, game room, the David Bohnett Cyber Center, lending library, resource area with information on topics ranging from safer sex and substance abuse to nutrition and community resources, a kitchen featuring hot food and snacks, and a creative arts room. The Center provides opportunities for young people to engage in afterschool activities and enhance their personal growth and development. Programs emphasize the importance of abstaining from drugs and alcohol and other high-risk behavior.

Regularly scheduled activities include daily community-building group sessions and weekly asset-building programming facilitated by youth-serving professionals. Programming includes health and wellness education, life-skills development, coping skills development, creative arts expression, and positive social activities. KYC also offers a variety of leadership development opportunities and annual pro-social events throughout the year.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $308,160
Projected Expense $308,160
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

Revenues by Source

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Direct Support $212,014  $160,906  $111,447 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals $151,844  $112,674  $93,867 
Direct Support Unspecified $60,170  $48,232  $17,580 
Indirect Public Support $56,000  $56,000  $56,199 
Earned Revenue $3,240  $3,240  $3,240 
Interest and Dividends $225  $132  $164 
Membership Dues
Special Events
In-kind $37,540  $24,000  $25,360 
TOTAL REVENUE $309,019  $244,278  $196,410 

Expense by Type

  2014   2013   2012  
Programs $200,735  $186,387  $179,934 
Administration $35,254  $39,988  $30,810 
Fundraising $7,272  $5,243  $6,392 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $243,261  $231,618  $217,136 

Assets and Liabilities

  2014   2013   2012  
Total Assets $239,658  $182,114  $147,849 
Current Assets $218,525  $182,114  $147,290 
Total Liabilities $37,209  $45,423  $23,818 
Current Liabilities $37,209  $45,423  $23,818 
NET ASSETS $202,449  $136,691  $124,031 


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