The Out Youth Family is in mourning for Jay Erwin-Grotsky, one of our co-founders, who passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness. He was a cherished member of the Out Youth family, a devoted therapist, valued colleague, and a dear friend.

We tell the story all the time: How Out Youth was started in 1990 by two graduate students who were studying social work at the University of Texas at Austin. How they were called to start a program to support LGBTQ+ youth in Central Texas. How we began in living rooms and eventually grew over the past 27 years to reach over 15,000 people.

As co-founders, Jay and Lisa Rogers built an organization that has provided a space where youth and their families find unconditional love and acceptance. Together, they began a family whose members have traveled the world, carrying the Out Youth spirit with them no matter where they go.