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Wayside's Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Statement: Wayside is committed to an inclusive, diverse, vibrant workforce that reflects the communities we serve, celebrates the rich diversity of our children, youth, families and employees and believes that by harnessing the power of our collective similarities and differences we can better serve our mission. Therefore, we are dedicated through open communication and ongoing education to increase awareness and pledge to seek out and respect diverse voices in all aspects of our work. 


The Wayside PrideSide Team

As part of Wayside’s Strategic Goals 2015-2019, leadership and senior management identified a need to expand key services to become a significant resource for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Action Step 4.3: Wayside will develop our expertise and clinical staff to be a significant resource for LGBTQ youth and families.

PrideSide is comprised of a team of staff who can serve as a clinical resource for mental, emotional and behavioral health issues surrounding LGBTQ+ youth and families. Through a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation, Wayside was able to partner with OUT MetroWest, a vibrant, local, grassroots organization established to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth support group gatherings. Wayside PrideSide staff attend OUT MetroWest programming to serve as a clinical resource to the youth who attend their support groups, as well as a clinical training resource for their staff and team.

As a result of our commitment to become a clinical LGBTQ+ youth expert, the team is engaged in a variety of training activities to build capacity to be the best resource possible. This year, we intend to grow and offer the ability to teach and support Safe Zones for LGBTQ+ folks. 

Would you like to be part of the Community PrideSide Leaders Program, or do you have suggestions or questions about Safe Zones in your school or community? Do you need resources or support? Feel free to reach out to  for questions or more information. 

Let us support all LGBTQ+ folks to be true to who they are, where they are! 

Contact Information

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
1 Frederick Abbott Way, Framingham, MA 01701
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Ph: 508-879-9800 | Fax: 508-875-1348

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