Tax credit donations to the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation provide a welcome and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth in our community to be themselves, to find a family, and to find a voice at the foundation’s Thornhill Lopez Center on Fourth Avenue.
For 22-year-old Jojo, the center provides a welcome safe space away. Jojo comes to the center to find a place where they can be their authentic self. “Because of the center, I have found myself and found my voice. I know I will continue to grow and evolve with the support from SAAF,” Jojo says.
The programming at the center has provided them with a chosen family who they have always needed that includes other young people who have had similar experiences.
In the center’s sex positive, body-affirming environment, Jojo has taken charge of their sexual health, getting tested regularly for HIV and STIs. Jojo has become a youth leader and co-facilitates sex chats where they help educate their peers about sexual health. After being referred to prevention services, Jojo was able to get on a once-daily pill to prevent HIV to further take control of their sexual health. Jojo now refers other youth so they can improve their health and wellness, too. Jojo shares that their favorite programs include the youth leadership series focusing on suicide prevention and Black queer history.
Donors to the foundation provide life-saving support to youth like Jojo, who come to the Thornhill Lopez Center looking for a space to be their authentic selves.
Tax credit support provides basic amenities like food and hygiene products, critical sexual health education, HIV testing, and more. Together we can ensure LGBTQ+ youth are empowered with knowledge of their bodies and skills to become leaders in the community.