Mission & Impact

Our Mission

The mission of Zebra Coalition is to support and inspire LGBTQ+ youth.




Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations, which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13 – 24.

The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

Our Impact

Housing and Support Services

Zebra Coalition has been providing housing and support services for homeless LGBTQ+ youth for over 6 years.

Coalition Partners

We are a very unique program comprised of over fifty coalition partners that consist of service groups, government agencies, social service providers, churches, corporations and schools (middle, high, colleges and universities).


Funding for Zebra Coalition includes the Zebra Coalition Board of Directors, City of Orlando, Orange County, Office of Violence Against Women, Disney,  Universal Orlando and several other generous partners. 

Drop-In Center

In 2019, Zebra Coalition provided services to 360 youth at the drop-in center.

Housing Program

Over 400 youth have been sheltered through our bridge housing and rapid rehousing programs at Zebra Coalition. In 2019, 42 youth experiencing homelessness were offered a safe place to call home. 

Outreach and Training

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Zebra Coalition provided outreach and training to 307 students from five high schools and 72 teachers and administrators from schools across Orange County. The “Creating Safe Spaces” curriculum is designed for both students and administrators to support LGBTQ+ youth through bullying prevention and social justice advocacy. Topics that are covered include a brief LGBTQ+ 101, issues that LGBTQ+ students face in the school in regards to safety and how to best support and advocate for LGBTQ+ students.

LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Training

In addition to providing training to the schools, Zebra Coalition has also facilitated LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency training to local businesses, social service agencies and churches. In 2016, 155 people were trained on LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency. This training covers topics like terminology, sexual orientation and gender concepts, transgender culture, coming out process, types of oppression, macroaggressions and intersectionality.

GSA Meet-Up

In April 2016, Zebra Coalition held a GSA Meet-Up at the Youth Center for students, faculty sponsors and Safe Coordinators to discuss the specialized needs of LGBTQ+ youth and to launch our Zebra Student Ambassador Program. Over 25 people attended with representation from seven different schools, 15 youth and four sponsors. The purpose of the GSA Meet-Up was to provide a safe space for youth to connect with each other and meet members from across Central Florida.

The Zebra Coalition’s Youth Council

The Zebra Coalition’s Youth Council, a committee of Central Florida youth ages 13-24, hosts activities and social gatherings for the community's youth that provide safe, healthy and supportive spaces and activities for youth to hang out with their friends. There are currently nine active youth members in the Youth Council, and meetings are on a weekly basis at the Youth Center. 

The Zebra Youth Ambassador Project

The Zebra Youth Ambassador Project is part of the work of Zebra Coalition to ensure safe and affirming schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Zebra Youth Ambassadors provide a voice and perspective to the organization’s programming in partnership with staff and community allies.

Demographics of youth served





Awards & Recognition

Local Awards & Recognition:

  • Metropolitan Business Association’s Pride in Business Awards — “Nonprofit of the Year”
  • Orlando Life Magazine — “Simply the Best”
  • Recognized as one of Orlando’s most effective nonprofits by Watermark Magazine (2012 & 2013)
  • Second place WAVE Award for “Best Local Non-Profit” (2014 & 2015)
  • Second place Orlando Weekly’s “Best Local Activist Group” (2016)
  • Service and Leadership Award by Equality Florida (2016)


National Awards & Recognition:

  • Zebra Coalition has received national-level funding and partnership with the White House and the Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • American Counseling Association awarded $1,500 by the ACA from the Human Concerns Fund (2015)
  • American Counseling Association’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) recognized Zebra Coalition at the 2015 Conference for its work with LGBTQ+ youth
  • Zebra Coalition was the recipient of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s top tier award ($100,000) in 2016
  • In 2016, Zebra Coalition was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Walt Disney World Corporation