Prism is The Center Project’s LGBTQIA+ youth group that provides a safe space, supportive mentorship, and a fun environment for Mid-Missouri queer and trans youth ages 11-18 years old. Prism was founded in 1998 and later came under the umbrella of The Center Project’s programming in 2005. Prism holds weekly meetings where LGBTQIA+ youth have the opportunity to learn about LGBTQIA+ topics and connect with other queer youth. Prism activities and programming include crafts, games, movies, educational discussions about LGBTQIA+ history, safe sex, healthy relationships, self care and mental health, and more.

Prism Coordinators are part of a team that works collaboratively to: plan and co-facilitate bi-weekly meetings and events, promote Prism in the community, connect LGBTQIA+ youth members with resources, assist with administrative tasks, and generally help make Prism a fun, accessible, affirming space for LGBTQIA+ youth to connect and socialize.

Meetings: Meetings are held in person on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, from 6:00-8pm. Meetings are usually at The Center Project. We also hold occasional outings and special events on weekends (hiking, yoga, art shows, etc.).

Time Commitment: 2 hours per Prism meeting, approx. 1-2 additional hours for planning and administrative tasks per week, and an additional 1 hour per month for monthly coordinator meetings

General Responsibilities:

  • Lead Coordinator(s)
    • Facilitate monthly coordinator meetings which include planning for upcoming Prism meetings and discussing any issues that arise.
    • Communicate with the team of coordinators via a group text or email each week to make sure there are at least 3 coordinators present at meetings.
    • Schedule desired trainings for coordinators (ex: Youth Mental Health, Mandated Reporter).
    • Communicate with parents / guardians who have questions about Prism meetings, while ensuring privacy of teens.
    • Put out a call for new coordinators every year (or when needed) and help interview / train new coordinators.
    • Post on Prism Facebook, Instagram, and Remind App every Monday/Tuesday to share plans for the upcoming Thursdays meetings. Share meeting posts throughout the week to reach a bigger audience (parents on facebook, youth on instagram).
    • Check social media and Prism email frequently to answer questions and direct people to resources.
    • Track / report attendance and general group activities to TCP Board.
  • Shared Coordinator Responsibilities
    • Work with the team of coordinators to plan activities / guest speakers / discussions for meetings.
    • Identify topics of interest to the youth while having a balance of fun, social, informative and educational.
    • Create a welcoming atmosphere for all youth, especially newcomers; lead introductions, encourage discussion and participation, answer questions, direct youth to resources, and review group rules and guidelines with youth.
    • Identify and respond to potential conflict between youth in a supportive way as it arises.
    • Maintain the safety and supportive space for all youth.
    • Plan occasional group activities outside of weekly meetings (twice a year).
  • Community Outreach (OPTIONAL)
    • Promote Prism in the community by attending school resource fairs, and middle and high school GSA meetings.
    • Build relationships with supportive community partners to expand our outreach and ability to provide resources to Prism youth.

Additional Information

TCP Board Contact

Cameron Lee,

Full Board,

Group Email

External Links

Instagram: @prism_tcp