Pridelines Youth Services Opens New Headquarters

Debuts David Bohnett Cyber Center

Nearly 100 guests and youth turned out for the official grand opening of the new Pridelines Youth Services headquarters and the debut of the David Bohnett Cyber Center last Thursday.

Pridelines youth served refreshments to guests as staff and board members led tours of the new, 1,000 square-foot headquarters, which includes staff offices, a conference room, a library/lounge and a small kitchenette.  But the focal point of the grand opening was the unveiling of the new David Bohnett Cyber Center, made possible by a generous grant from the David Bohnett Foundation.

The Cyber Center features six, brand-new computer stations with Microsoft Office software, a printer, scanner and Internet access.  Pridelines youth and visitors will have free access to the Cyber Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays where they can do homework, conduct research, check e-mails, or post Facebook updates.

“Our new headquarters and Cyber Center mark a significant milestone for Pridelines as we continue to grow and expand our services,” said Victor Diaz-Herman, Pridelines’ executive director.  “Not only does our new headquarters have great energy and a bright, welcoming environment, our new location is more convenient with better transportation access for the youth who visit the Cyber Center.”

Pridelines Youth Services is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by gay youth for gay youth and their allies in the wake of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign.  Pridelines’ mission is to support, educate and empower South Florida’s LGBTQ youth in a safe and diverse environment, as well as to foster dialogue and cultivate social change.

VictorFor more than 28 years, Pridelines has provided safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development and referrals to mental health, health care and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies between the ages of 13 and 24.

Pridelines is located at 9526 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104, in Miami Shores.  For more information about Pridelines, call (305) 571-9601, or visit www.pridelines.org.


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