a program for LGBTQIA+ Youth and their Families throughout Essex County


The goal of Pride+ is to empower LGBTQIA+ youth and their families by providing clinical and non-clinical services to assist them in creating safe spaces in their homes, schools, and communities.


Pride+ Staff

The Staff of Pride+ have deep knowledge and experience working with LGBTQIA+ youth, their families, and schools.

Pride+ Program Coordinator, JP Pedoto, and Pride+ Care Manager, Kels Savage, tabling at Maplewood's Pride Festival in June 2022

Program Coordinator and Clinician


JP Pedoto, LSW



[email protected]


Care Manager and Clinician


Kels Savage, LSW



[email protected]


Pride+ Services

Pride+ offers free, confidential, safe, and affirming


for LGBTQIA+ youth and their families throughout Essex County


Clinical Services

Individual | Group | Family


Non-Clinical Services

Case Management | Psychoeducation | Events | Activities | Field Trips Community Service and Advocacy Projects


These services are provided at Family Connections’ Agency Office in South Orange, in-home, and in the community as needed!


For a flyer of Pride+ Services, click here!

Pride+ School Services

Pride+ also offers additional free, confidential, safe, and affirming


for LGBTQIA+ students, families, and school staff throughout Essex County


Additional Services

Staff Development Training | Workshops | Consultation | GSA Development


Frequently Asked Questions


What are Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Clubs?

Genders & Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQIA+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth in middle schools and high schools and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice.


Why do schools need GSAs?

A growing body of research confirms that the presence of a GSA has a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance. It can also protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity and improve school climates for all students in the long-term.


For a flyer of Pride+ In-School Services, click here!

To learn more about Pride+, please contact JP Pedoto at [email protected]. All contacts will be kept strictly confidential.


Pride+ is funded by a generous grant from