This month, we will receive a grant from The Foundation for MetroWest’s Fund for Wellesley. The $7,525 grant will support Umbrella’s Wellesley meetings for transgender and gender non-conforming high school youth. Our Umbrella program provides youth opportunities to meet adult trans role models and to develop relationships with other trans peers. Meetings are educational, social, and supportive and emphasize the importance of social connection for transgender young people. Umbrella programs include activities such as self-care and wellness, board games, visits from transgender artists, medical presentations, and movie nights. Umbrella Wellesley meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at 309 Washington Street. An additional Umbrella meeting is held on the third Wednesday of each month at 24 Vernon Street, Framingham. All meetings are free of charge, and no RSVP is required. Please note that transgender and gender non-conforming middle school youth are invited to attend our Nexus meetings in Framingham and Newton. If you have questions about Umbrella, please contact OUT MetroWest’s director of programs, Courtney Allen.