Regional Youth Resources

Massachusetts

Youth on Fire
Youth on Fire (YOF), a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is a drop-in center for homeless and street - involved youth, ages 14-24, located in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Primary goals are:
Respond to the basic and urgent needs of homeless and street-involved youth at highest risk of communicable diseases and victimization.
Connect homeless and street-involved youth to age-appropriate services including on-site mental health and medical care through utilizing strengths-based case management.
Partner with community and civic organizations, local businesses, public officials, and advocacy groups to address the short and long -term effects of youth homelessness.

 

California

Larkin Street Youth
Mission: The mission of Larkin Street Youth Services is to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street. We will nurture potential, promote dignity, and support bold steps by all.

About: Larkin Street provides youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 4,000 youth walk through our doors seeking help. We give them a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.

San Francisco LGBT Center
Mission: The mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Community Center is to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources and each other to achieve our vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBT people and our allies. When visitors arrive at the Center, they find free services like career counseling, job fairs, computer lab, social activities, mentorships, youth meals, daycare, various workshops and much more. Here they can connect with other LGBT people and organize to secure our equal rights. The Center is truly the heart, home and hands of the San Francisco LGBT community.
Resources include health, housing, legal, jobs, and therapy.

Programs for Youth:
Queer Youth Meal Night
Peer Support Group
Open Mic
Queer Education Workshops

The San Diego LGBT Community Center
Mission:
The mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.
Resources:
Local, state and national
Programs include:
Sunburst Youth Housing Project: The Youth Housing project provides 23 units of affordable, supportive housing for youth between 18-24 years of age, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ youth. These high-risk youth were living in the streets or in public spaces after having been ejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation.

Brave Trails Leadership Summer Camp for LGBTQ Youth
Mission: to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow.

 

Minnesota

Avenues for Youth
On any night in Minnesota, 2,500 youth and young adults are homeless and on their own. More than 10,000 young people in Minnesota experience homelessness every year. Avenues for Homeless Youth provides emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.

GLBT-KIDS: Abuse Intervention Program (Minneapolis)


The Family Partnership’s GLBT-Kids:
Abuse Intervention Program offers support, referrals, resources, and training about and for LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Allied) youth - who are or have experienced abuse or mistreatment - and for their families, caregivers, and professionals.
“By making places safe for GLBT kids, we’re making them safe for all kids.”
Phone: 612.728.2079
414 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Customized training for professionals, community members and youth on a wide-range of topics.
Technical assistance to help organizations, clinics and schools who want to assess their GLBT environment and programs.
Resources and referrals for youth, families and professionals.
Trainings can include:
Bullying prevention and intervention
Prevention and intervention: Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse of Youth
GLBT Youth: From Self Reflection to Action
GLBT 101: Terms, facts and experiential learning
Gender sexuality and GLBT youth
Creating safe and welcoming environments for GLBT people & families
How to start a support group and/or GSA (Gay Support Alliance)

 

Tennessee
Just Us (Nashville, TN)
About: Just Us is an Oasis Center program dedicated to serving high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex.
Programs for Youth:
Advocacy
Counseling
Referrals
Outreach