Come As You Are 

Youth Education Support

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Sofia Da Silva


I am a 16-year old Sophomore at Montesano Jr./Sr. High School and I began this program as part of my social impact initiative with the Miss America's Outstanding Teen program.  I saw a need for community support and understanding of LGBTQA+ youth in my community and wanted to provide a safe space for education and peer support for LGBTQA+ youth, their parents, and allies.  


CAYA offers a safe environment for out and questioning LGBTQA+ youth to learn, find support within the community, and be themselves!


Mentorship & Peer Support

The second hour of CAYA allows youth to spend time with each other for mentorship, peer support, games, and other activities. 

Educational Support Classes

The first hour of CAYA features speakers from the community who present support classes on topics related to the LGBTQA+ 


Parent and Peer Recommendations


"Tonight I had the privilege of meeting with a group of professionals and youth from the SW Washington Tri-county area to share testimonies and discuss current challenges and issues facing LGBTQA youth in our area. Thank you for all the work you are doing to educate and create a safer space for our youth!"