Trans Youth Resilience Fund

Trans Youth Resilience Fund

The Trans Youth Resilience Fund is a direct financial assistance program for trans and non-binary youth.

Philadelphia FIGHT is committed to providing comprehensive, low-barrier primary and gender-affirming care to youth and young adults in need. We recognize that many young, trans people experience significant financial barriers to their care and safety.

The Trans Youth Resilience Fund offers transgender and gender non-binary youth ages 24 and younger up to $400 in direct financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket expenses to support their health, safety, and wellness.

Funds Raised to Date

$28,900

Funds Disbursed to Date

$12,800


Frequently Asked Questions

Funds are available to patients receiving or starting care at one of FIGHT’s health centers, as well as members of the local community. Requests are made online via our Funding Request Form. Current or new patients can work with members of their care team to complete a request.

Any transgender or gender non-binary young person under the age of 25 living in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, or Delaware County is eligible for financial assistance through this program. We strongly encourage requests from trans youth of color, individuals living with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness to apply.

This program is designed to empower young, trans people to define what resources they need to maintain their own health, safety, and wellness. Some examples of expenses that could be covered with this program include:

  • Medical supplies and gender-affirming procedures
  • Mental, behavioral, speech, and physical therapies
  • Transportation to care
  • Laser hair removal, packers, binders, and chest forms
  • Vital record changes and requests
  • Eviction prevention and emergency rent support

Individuals can receive up to $400 of financial assistance. This can be disbursed all at once or over time through multiple funding requests until the maximum amount is reached.

Once a request is made, it is our goal to connect with youth within 1-2 weeks. A staff member will discuss funding options, as well as other services or supports that might be needed to achieve a young person’s health, safety, and wellness goals. Funds can be disbursed as cash, check, or VISA gift card. The whole process is expected to take 1-3 weeks.

No and no! Funds can be disbursed as cash or VISA gift card, so no banking account is necessary to receive funds. Additionally, no receipts or proof of payment will need to be provided. Once funds are disbursed, they are yours. We are always here to help provide additional resources and supports, as needed.

If you were a recipient of funds, you are always welcome to email or call us and share bits of your story. With your permission, we will host testimonials and stories on our webpage and in our report. If you are an adult or ally looking to support this program, you can donate to the Trans Youth Resilience Fund and give directly to the health, safety, and wellness needs of trans and non-binary youth.


Resources for Trans and Non-binary Youth

Housing

If you or a young trans person you know needs housing support, including eviction prevention, rent support, emergency services, and harm reduction supplies, please call Valley Youth House at 1-888-468-7315.

Follow the Synergy Project: @SynergyPhilly


Healthcare

If you or a young trans person you know needs physical or mental healthcare services that are gender-affirming and youth-friendly, please call Y-HEP Health Center at 215-344-1632.

Follow the Y-HEP Health Center: @yhephealthcenter

Community

If you or a young trans person you know is looking to meet other trans and non-binary youth or get connected to community and social services, please check out the Attic Youth Center at atticyouthcenter.org.

Follow the Attic Youth Center: @atticyouthcenter


Crisis Supports

If you or a young person you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or needs to immediately talk to a mental health professional, please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” 678-678.

Follow the Trevor Project: @TrevorProject

Protect Trans Kids

Spotlight On

Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD

Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD

Annette B. Gadegbeku, MD is Director of Adult Medicine at John Bell Health Center and Jonathan Lax Treatment Center of Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers. Dr. Gadegbeku is a Family Medicine Physician who specializes in primary care for all ages (from pediatrics to geriatrics)!

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr Cruz with PatientDr. Cruz is a board-certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development, and mentorship.


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