The Backpack Project 2016

Back to school means new teachers, new lessons and new backpacks, however, some of Staten Island’s LGBTQ youth are not so lucky and Center staff have experienced times when we were asked if participants could borrow a stapler to fix their backpack or asked for a shopping bag to carry their books. The Pride Center of Staten Island believes our youth deserve to start off their year with a backpack filled with supplies like binders, notebooks, pencils, markers, rulers, and a flash drive.

The Pride Center of Staten Island believes that one of the factors between a successful student and a failing student is having basic supplies to do homework and participate in class. Binders, markers, glue, notebooks and other school necessities don't seem like they should cost much, but when you add it up, school supplies can top $100. By buying in bulk, the Center will be able to provide a backpack with supplies for $40.

Please consider making a donation to support the youth at the Pride Center of Staten Island to provide school supplies to those in need as well as enriching programming throughout the year in our youth drop-in activities after-school program.


A Special Thanks to Those Who Donated to The Backpack Project 2015

Neal Bennington
Zakhar Berkovich
Alice Copenhaver
Sean Dwyer
Nancy Ellis
EL Fein
Gateway Arms Realty
Rachel Granfield

Tammy Harwood
Dan Icolari
Bob Kirk
Jennifer Maroni
Rosemary McCormick
Francis Meagher
Owen Sayre
Suzy Shepardson

Christine Sloan-Ward
Wayne Steinman& Sal Iacullo
Jody Stoll
Amanda Straniere
Debra Thompson
Emilie Tippins
Rosary Vargas
Ralph Vogel
Steven Wakeman