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Volunteer opportunities are always available. If you would like more information about volunteering with True Colors or any of its programs, please complete the form below.

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Make A Difference Join True Colors Board

True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. We challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being.

Using our many programs, we work to create positive change within many areas of society such as mental health, health care and education systems ‘families’ spiritual and religious organizations, and social and community service agencies in both the public and private sector.

Board members are responsible for the financial health, well-being, and integrity of the agency; Board members direct policy; develop and oversee the implementation of our strategic plan; and manage fund-raising events and activities.  Each board member serves on one or more Board Committees dedicated to these tasks.

Board Committees include:

  • Marketing: Members of this committee work on True Colors’s major fundraising events, new fundraising ideas, and some of our media and communications strategies.  This is probably our busiest overall committee.
  • Social Media: This board/staff committee works on True Colors’s social media presence and messaging.
  • Strategic Planning: This committee evaluates TC’s conformity with the 2017 strategic plan.
  • Governance and Nominations: This committee develops organizational policies/bylaws, succession planning strategies, and initiates/supervises the recruitment of new board and committee members.
  • Finance: This committee supervises True Colors’s compliance with sound financial management principles.

Community volunteers are encouraged to join a board committee prior to officially serving on the board. It is a great way to get to know us and our work before making the two year board commitment!

Bi-Monthly board meetings are open to the public and are held at the True Colors Main Office at 30 Arbor Street, Suite 201A, Hartford, CT at 6:30 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

For more information about Board Responsibilities, click here.

For an Application to the Board of Directors, click here.

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Safe Harbor Project Mission

The Safe Harbor Project seeks to ensure the safety, support and nurturance of all children and youth, regardless of their race, inherent sexuality, gender identity or expression by ensuring culturally competent, unbiased and affirming service by all DCF staff and its contracted providers.

Studies* provide compelling evidence that the stigma associated with development of a sexual minority identity puts Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) youth are at significantly higher risk for truancy, homelessness, substance abuse, depression, sexual acting out and suicide. These risk factors often lead them into contact with child welfare and juvenile justice systems that are ill-equipped to respond to their needs in culturally competent ways.

The Safe Harbor Project is a collaboration between the State Department of Children and Families (DCF); the Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents (CAFAP) and True Colors, Inc. Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services of Connecticut. The Safe Harbor project seeks to identify and resolve gaps in the provision of culturally competent care for LGBTI youth and families across the spectrum of Child Welfare.

Components of the Safe Harbors Project include:

  • Comprehensive values clarification and skill building training in offices and facilities
  • Case Specific Consultation regarding LGBT youth and/or their care givers
  • A State-wide task force focused on identifying and filling gaps in services for LGBT youth, families and foster parents

Some of the Project Successes to date include:

  • The implementation of Resource Liaisons available in each office and facility plus an on-line resource guide of services around the state
  • The passage of comprehensive non-discrimination policies that include both sexual orientation and gender identity and expression
  • Mediation for youth in need of services, LGBT and ally staff and LGBT foster parents

Significant changes in staff awareness, agency climate, understanding, and skills (based on pre and post tests of attitude, values and knowledge).

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True Colors’s Mentoring Programs

One on One Mentoring and Group Mentoring

mentoring-image01In 2003, in conjunction with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF), True Colors created the only state-wide One on One Mentoring Program for LGBTIQ youth. The pilot program started with 10 mentees and 10 mentors. Today the program provides services for over 100 youth! With so many youth in need to services, we have an extensive waiting list and in 2009 added a Group Mentoring Program for our unmatched youth.

Community member interested in volunteering for either program must fill out an application form, pass a DCF background check and provide references. Once these steps have been completed, volunteers will participate in a 6 hour mentor training program that will introduce them to the needs of our youth. This training focuses on the William Bridges Transition Framework as well as LGBT issues and issues specific to our youth.

The One on One Mentoring Program is best summed up as “the gay big brothers/big sisters.” The majority of our youth come from the Department of Children and Families. Youth who participate in this program are matched with a True Colors mentor for a period of one year. However, our expectation is that this relationship will extend beyond this time period. Once matched, mentors and mentees are given two assignments and asked to set goals for the following year. From there it’s up to them to decide how they’re going to spend their time together!

Adults who wish to participate in the One on One Mentoring Program must meet the following criteria:
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  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Must participate in the New Mentor Training.
  • Must agree to record the times and dates of each contact and submit that report monthly.
  • Must check the YAHOO! Mentor Group at least weekly.
  • Must attend AT LEAST 4 group events and activities per year and AT LEAST 4 monthly mentor trainings and feedback sessions.
  • Must agree to be a mentor, or to be available as a mentor, for a period of no less than 1 year Once matched, must agree to contact their mentee AT LEAST 4 times per month, with a minimum of 3 monthly face-to-face meetings.


The Group Mentoring Program introduces sexual and gender minority youth who are currently on the waiting list for a One on One Mentor to the LGBT community through monthly activities and events. The role of a Group Mentor is to begin to help foster a positive, safe, and healthy introduction to the various communities we represent.

Adults who wish to participate in the Group Mentoring Program must meet the following criteria:
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  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Must participate in the New Mentor Training.
  • Must provide transportation to at least 4 monthly activities and events per year.
  • Must be willing to listen to our youth.
  • Must be willing to chaperone events.
  • Must participate in a range of activities from nature hikes to game nights.
  • Help transmit the rich culture and history of the LGBT community.
  • Utilize their own talents to help mentees foster their own.
  • Model good behavior and healthy relationships.

Click here for the True Colors One-on-One or Group Mentoring Program Information.