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Made with pride, for Pride. All profits from the sales of these Sperry & PFLAG National collaboration styles will be donated to Etcetera Kelowna.
The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society is a not-for-profit, registered charity that has provided innovative and quality programming to the children, youth and families of the Central Okanagan since 1969. Governed by a committed Board of Directors, led by a seasoned Executive Director, and supported by a team of more than 100 professional staff and volunteers, the organization has consistently demonstrated its capacity to meet the needs of the community it serves.
Founded in 1969, The Bridge offers support to youth & families in the Okanagan community. We work preventatively with new parents and their infants, we support families with various programs and we provide detox and recovery programs to youth and adults.
The name “Etcetera” reflects the diversity of the young people who participate in the program, including those whose identities are more varied and expansive than what could ever be fully described in an acronym. We are better known as Kelowna’s “Glitter Critters” and our weekly sessions provide a space where members are free to be creative and social, enjoy snacks, and sparkle as our true selves.
Etcetera brings queer youth together in an intersectional, dynamic, and supportive space where you can: explore identity, forge friendships, build your sense of self-worth, find resources for mental and physical health, and gain empowerment for yourself and others. Our members are 11-18 year olds who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies and More). We provide a space where you can make lasting friendships – you might even meet your new best friend here!
Etcetera also supports networking for parents and caregivers, provides youth leadership training, and occasionally hosts or participates in special events.
As a grassroots initiative supported by many organizational and community partners, Etcetera works to make Kelowna a city where 2SLGBTQIA+ youth are valued as integral to the fabric of our community tapestry.