Thursday, April 15, 2021

Teen B.L.O.C.K. program receives $5,000 donation

The Transpire Nights program at the B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center in Canton recently received a $5,000 donation from the Masco Corp.

Transpire Nights, which takes place monthly at the center, provides support, education, and advocacy for area LBGTQ+ and ally students, and provide them with a place to engage in discussions, plan activities, and build community with their peers. Funds donated by Masco will be used to provide certified therapists as discussion leaders for upcoming sessions. 

“We are so grateful to receive this support for our Transpire program,” said Recreation Specialist Laura Mortier. “This contribution has the potential to have a major impact on numerous LBGTQ+ and ally students, and on behalf of all our staff I want to thank Masco for its generous support.” 

Masco Corp. is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. The corporation comprises more than 20 companies and operates nearly 60 manufacturing facilities in the United States and more than 20 in other parts of the world. 

Developed in 2020 by The B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center in cooperation with PFLAG (Parents, Friends, Family) and Allies United with LGBTQ individuals, the Transpire Nights program focuses on a variety of topics by fostering conversations and dialogue that support inclusion and encourage respect for all. 

The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, located on the third floor of the Canton Administration Building at 1150 S. Canton Center Road in Canton, provides a teen-friendly environment where students from ages 11-17 can participant in supervised afterschool programs, social events, and activities. For more information about Transpire Nights program or The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center, visit or call (734) 398-5570.