Orlando Youth Alliance Inc.
PO Box 536944
Orlando FL 32853-6944
Contact Information
Address PO Box 536944
Orlando, FL 32853 6944
Phone (407) 244-1222
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://www.orlandoyouthalliance.org
Video
OYA Gay Days
Mission
Mission
To provide a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in Central Florida.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Slaymaker MHR
Board Chair Mr. Michael Slaymaker MAHR
Board Chair Company Affiliation Easter Seals Florida
History
IRS Ruling Year 2000
Former Names
NameYear
Delta Youth Alliance1990
Gay And Lesbian Idea eXchange for Youth (GALIXY)1999
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $25,000.00
Projected Expenses $25,000.00
Statements
Mission
To provide a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in Central Florida.
Impact The Orlando Youth Alliance works with LGBTQ youth to help them build a positive identity through self-esteem and sense of purpose, build a positive view of their personal future and develop positive adult and peer role models.  OYA provides emotional support through a peer-to-peer model, helps youth establish boundaries and expectations, gain empowerment and creates a constructive use of their time.  We help our youth strengthen their internal developmental assets of learning, building a positive self image, values and social competencies.  Hundred of young people have benefited from their involvement in OYA.  The Orlando Youth Alliance is the community gay straight alliance.
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs Bullying of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth is at an alarming level.  Extreme bullying can touture a gay youth leaving them feeling depressed and alone.  LGBTQ youth are three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual classmates.   Having a gay straight alliance (GSA) makes a school more accessible to LGBT students by contributing to a more positive school environment.  A GSA helps students to identity supportive school staff which has been shown to have a positive impact on their academic achievement and experiences in school.  Most students lack access to GSAs or other student clubs that provide support and address issues specific to LGBT students and their allies. There are an estimated 8,000 LGBT teenagers in Orange, Osceola and Seminole County schools.  Only a handful of schools have a gay straight alliance to provide help and support.   OYA is the community GSA.  OYA is so vitally important.  With limited fund we help as many young people as possible, but the need is much greater than the funds available. In wake of recent events we provide grief counseling to survivors of the Pulse tragedy.  As many of our youth frequented the night club and lost friends. 
Background The Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which provides a safe space for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (GLBTQ) youth to gather, talk about issues and concerns that are important in their lives, as well as meet other gay youth.  OYA is a peer based youth support group with members ranging from the ages of 13 to 24. 

The Orlando Youth Alliance was first formed in 1990 as a support group to assist at-risk gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender youth under the moniker “Delta Youth Alliance”.  The group evolved into “GALIXY”, Gay And Lesbian Idea eXchange for Youth.  The group exists today as the Orlando Youth Alliance, Inc., (OYA) but maintains the same mission statement. 
Through the years, OYA has provided support to hundreds of Central Florida youth.  Beyond weekly meetings, the group has expanded its outreach into the Orlando community.  Even though the name has changed over the years, the mission has not.  We are committed to providing a safe place for GLBTQ youth to gather and be themselves in the self discovery and development phase of their teen years.

In 2008, OYA started a chapter in Polk County called the Lakeland Youth Alliance.  In 2010 we started a chapter in Seminole County called the Seminole Youth Alliance.  We are in the process of starting a chapter in Osceola and Lake County.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
When asked for key words or phrases that best describe OYA we can up with: gay, GLBT, LGBT, gay straight alliance, GSA, youth, children, at-risk.  There of course are many more, but the youth that are helped by OYA are not normally from weathly or affluent homes.  OYA are normally from low to moderate income household.  They are often at-risk for suicide, need to build self esteem and/or extremely lonely.  Some are homeless.
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Youth Development
Primary Organization SubType Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Type Youth Development
Secondary Organiztion SubType Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Type Youth Development
Tertiary Organization SubType Youth Development Programs
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Brevard
FL - Lake
FL - Orange
FL - Osceola
FL - Polk
FL - Seminole
FL - Volusia
Although our main meeting locations are in downtown Orlando, Seminole County and Lakeland, we have students from all seven counties attend our support group meetings, educational and social activities.  Hundreds of students connect with OYA online seeking support and assistance. 
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The goal for OYA members is to increase their knowledge and cultural competence; build a positive identity through improved self-esteem and sense of purpose; build a positive view of their personal future and develop positive adult and peer role models. The program is evaluated using a standard set of questions to qualitatively measure the impact the educational project has on the intended outcomes.
Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?  We accomplish our mission through three programs:

 

1) A weekly peer-to-peer support group is offered in Orlando on Tuesdays, Lakeland on Wednesdays and Longwood on Thursdays. With the help of criminally background checked adult facilitators the youth help to problem solve and discuss topics such as family and school that are relevant to them. Guest speakers from the community come to talk to the youth on career development, HIV & STDs, bullying and other topics.

 

2) LGBT History & Culture classes are provided to GLBT youth and their straight allies.  The one & a half hour sessions will be held once a month during the school year.  The students are given homework assignments and report back two weeks later. Since LGBT history & culture is not taught in the school it is imperative that our youth learn about their heritage to develop internal assets such as positive values, social competencies and positive self-identity. 

 

3) Meeting other LGBT youth to forge friendships and create a support network is imperative.  OYA hosts numerous activities (car washes, movie nights, dances, theme park outings, arts events) to help our youth develop. 

Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) teenagers are three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual classmates. Since 1990 the Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) has provided mentoring and support to Central Florida LGBT youth. We are proud to report that of the more than 1,500 youth who have participated in our program -- not a single one has committed suicide.  We are an all volunteer organization at this time. We are impacting the youth of our community and creating a true difference even though we are small and all volunteer.  Over the past five years we have tripled in size (both in membership and in dollars raised). 
Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
The main indicator of success is no suicide attempts.  But more realistic is the numbers of youth who go on to become productive members of the society and future leaders of tomorrow.  An example of one of our youth is now the business manager at a local newspaper. 
Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
Progress is shown by the tremendous grow of our organization and the long term success of our youth.
Programs
Description
OYA offers a weekly peer-to-peer support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening.  The success of the support group is measured by the number of participants, the longevity of involvement and the increase level of self-esteem and other developmental assets of the participants.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description
OYA's Educational Project on GLBT History & Culture is provided to GLBT youth and their straight allies.  The one-hour sessions are held once a month during the school year.  Since GLBT history & culture is not taught in the school it is imperative that our youth learn about their heritage to develop internal assets such as positive values, social competencies and positive identity.  The program will be evaluated  using a standard set of questions to qualitatively measure the impact the educational project has on the intended outcomes. 1) A pre and post assessment will measure the amount of information retained. 2) Overall course evaluation. 3) Evaluation of each guest speaker/instructor. 4) Coordinator evaluation.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description
Meeting other GLBT youth to forge friendships and create a support network is imperative.  OYA hosts car washes, movie nights, dances, theme park outings and other activities to help our youth develop.  OYA offers scholarships for our members to pursue post-secondary education.  Our members are exposed to several career development and leadership seminars each year.  The success of the activities are measure by recording the number of participants, the longevity of those involved, the number of people they recruit to join and leadership roles they take on.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Other Named Groups
Description For decades, the Orlando Youth Alliance has vetted various mental health professionals to help our youth and their families.  If we identify a youth or family who needs more than our support groups can offer, we refer them to one of the counselors and mental health professionals on our website.  All mental health professionals show criminal background, current license, insurance and sign a statement that they do not practice conversion or reparative therapy.  
Population Served
Description The Orlando Youth Alliance offers scholarships for youth pursuing post-secondary education. 
Population Served
Description Orlando Youth Alliance provides grants to gay straight alliance clubs at middle and high schools throughout Central Florida.
Population Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Slaymaker MAHR
Company Affiliation Easter Seals Florida
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Mr. Dustin Baetz Rollins CollegeVoting
Mr. Patrick Howell Esq.Taylor & Carls, P.A.Voting
Mr. Wesley Howell CPAWesley Howell , CPAVoting
Mr. Cody Kennedy Seminole State CollegeVoting
Ms. Ginger Malcom Community VolunteerVotingNo
Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon Inspiring WorldVoting
Ms. Emily Mound Seminole State CollegeVotingNo
Mr. Michael Slaymaker MAHREaster Seals FloridaVoting
Dr. Jeff Speicher VeterinarianVoting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Executive
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Slaymaker MHR
Term Start July 2017
Email SlaymakerM@aol.com
Experience
Michael Slaymaker has over 25 years of experience in fundraising and administration of non profit organizations.  Michael has raised over $33 million for charities.  He earned his Masters of Arts Degree in Human Resources from Rollins College. 
 
Currently, Mr. Slaymaker is the Vice President of Grants and Planned Giving for Easterseals Florida where he manages the grants funding and planned giving for 40 of Florida's 67 counties.  Michael is the Chapter Administrator for the Central Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  In 2011, he was honored as the Outstanding Fundraising Professionals for Central Florida.  In 2016 he received the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Leadership by AFP International. 
 
In addition to being the part time CEO for OYA, Michael is the founder of the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee (OADO). This highly successful bipartisan group of volunteers has written and passed 16 different ordinances and policies to secure protection for Central Florida residents from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.  Because of Michael's efforts, the LGBT residents of Orlando and Orange County has more laws protecting them from discrimination than any other city or county in Florida. Michael's friends refer to him as the Mayor of Gay Orlando.
 
An entire list of previous employers, volunteer roles, skills and accomplishments can be view on his LinkedIn profile. https//www.linkedin.com/in/michaelslaymaker 
CEO Salary Range $0 - $50,000
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Other
Collaborations
OYA has a part time contractor who serves as the CEO.  All other aspects of the organization are performed by volunteers who must pass a criminal background check in order to volunteer.
State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Feb
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2016IRS 990
2015IRS 990
2014IRS 990
2013IRS 990
2012IRS 990
2011990-N
2010990
2009990
2008990
2007990
Audit Documents
YearDocument
2011Profit and Loss
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$55,309$40,132$26,718
Administration Expense$0$8,053$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.121.301.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%83%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$178,957$117,064$102,581
Current Assets$178,957$117,064$102,581
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$178,957$117,064$102,581
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations, Corporations and Individuals $117,031Foundations, Corporations and Individuals $62,668Individuals, Foundations & Corporations $44,367
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments OYA is saving to purchase a house.  It will take several years as we want to purchase the house outright. 
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from IRS form 990EZs. 2011: Financial figures taken from profit and loss statement provided by the organization. 990-N was filed. Contributions from foundations, corporations are included with total for individuals, as they were not separated on the 990EZ.
Audits were not provided. 2013: Top three funding sources not available.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Nonprofit Orlando Youth Alliance Inc.
Address PO Box 536944
Orlando, FL 328536944
Primary Phone (407) 244-1222
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael Slaymaker MHR
Board Chair Mr. Michael Slaymaker MAHR
Board Chair Company Affiliation Easter Seals Florida
Year of Incorporation 2000