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Our Mission​

To create a safe, supportive, and empowering home for the LGBTQIA+ community in the Santa Ynez Valley through the education and celebration of LGBTQIA+ culture.

Our Vision

We envision a world free of bias and prejudice- one heart, one community at a time.

Who We Are

Our organization is the first registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the Santa Ynez Valley dedicated to supporting and celebrating the local LGBTQIA+ community.

 

To achieve our mission, we create the annual SYV Pride Parade & Festival; collaborate with local partners; organize, sponsor, and support other community events; and bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses. We also offer scholarships to local Santa Ynez Valley High School seniors who have shown leadership in supporting the LGTBQIA+ community and are proud to participate in the annual scholarship award night. In addition, we support other LGBTQIA+ non-profits that align with our mission.

SYV Pride is powered solely by volunteers and has no paid staff. All donations go directly to our events and initiatives as described above.

How is SYV Pride different from other local LGBTQIA+ organizations?

Other local organizations aim to develop as service providers – i.e. offering programming and services. SYV Pride is focused on community-based events, such as the landmark annual Pride Parade and Festival, as well as numerous events throughout Pride Month. In addition, we partner with local community organizations, businesses, and groups to bring visibility, support, and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community in the Santa Ynez Valley. 

Lauren Lastra, MPA

Lauren is the Director of Student Services
and Accreditation Deputy at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is committed to a just and mission-centered approach to organizational life. She has served or is currently serving as a member on several Institutional committees, including Pacifica’s Diversity Task Force focused on Student Matters and the President’s Task Force on Campus Climate and Employee Morale. Lauren was nominated and appointed as the inaugural Staff Representative on Pacifica’s Board of Trustees (2020-2022). Prior to coming to Pacifica, she lived in the Valparaiso region of Chile where sheworked as an Educator for the United Nations Development Program.

Lauren is a founding Board member and actively serves as the current Board President of Santa Ynez Valley Pride in Solvang, CA. She previously served on the Board of Directors for People Helping People as well (2022-2023).

She lives in the Santa Ynez Valley with her wife and their two sons. She studied multicultural literature (B.A.) at University of California, Berkeley and public policy and administration (M.P.A) at California Lutheran University.

What does pride mean to you? 'Pride is a joyful expression of community and centers authenticity, truth-telling, and love. For me it is simple, it is holding hands with my wife while walking down the street with our two boys in tow.'

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SYV Pride Board President

Alyce Barrick, M.A.

Alyce was born and raised in Los Angeles, she spent her professional years in different management, behavioral health, and event planning positions all while raising her kids in the diverse city of L.A. before relocating to the Central Coast with her husband Skyler where they are the owners & founders of Queen Cup Coffee in Santa Ynez.

Previously, Alyce attended Concordia University Irvine where she studied Behavioral Science (B.A.) & Psychology, achieved a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior (Capella University) with honors of the President's Award, which ultimately sharpened her understanding and appreciation of evolving life experiences and the need for gender equality and resources for LGBTQ+ youth. This motivation translated into the inspiration she brought to her new local
community, creating a safe space at Queen Cup Coffee and collectively became one of the founding board members of SYV Pride.

 

Alyce also is ordained to perform same-sex marriage unions! She lives with her husband, teenage daughter Addisynn & their little white dog Salty in Santa Ynez where you can find her tending to her collection of house plants, actively socializing with their incredible friends, and enjoying the amazing food & wine of the Santa Ynez Valley.

What does pride mean to you? 'As a parent to our daughter who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, Pride for me is standing firm as an unwavering ally. The best ally to any community is one that knows that you will never feel the pain that your friends or family have felt, but you will always love them unconditionally and affirm them in a way that shows your unity & support.'

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SYV Pride Board Vice President

Laura Newman